Following the event at Gillette World Shaving Headquarters, the company donated $100,000 to The One Fund.
“We wanted everyone to know it wasn’t just us we were playing for in the world championship, it was the city,” said Ortiz. The slugger got rid of his beard, but he kept his goatee for his Monday night appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman saying, “I’ve got to keep it real.”
He started warming up for his appearance by teasing Victorino. “He looks like a big grape,” Ortiz joked after Victorino’s shave.
Victorino, who came to Boston this season after stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, talked about his new home.
“It’s an awesome city. It’s a city of resiliency. This city has a lot of pride in its athletes, a lot of pride in the city itself. I will always revert back to that day on April 15 and how this city came together as one to overcome a tragedy like that,” Victorino said. “You know, blessed for us to be the team that’s first to win a championship for this city. I hope the Patriots do the same, I hope the Bruins do the same, I hope the Celtics do the same and I hope they all follow suit. This city has had the luxury and had the benefit of winning a lot of championships. To be part of that now, for me, I’m truly blessed.”
After completing his shave, Horgan, who famously raised his arms in a salute after Ortiz hit a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers, did his signature move.
“Next time you see me hit a ball like that,” Ortiz told Horgan, “run!”
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