For the Boston Red Sox, bushy beards are so last year.
Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, the bandleader of the beard brigade during Boston's run to the 2013 World Series title, said he will be shaving his off before spring training so that he can file it ''in the archive'' with his memories of the team's improbable championship.
''It was a pretty cool experience. Want to bottle it up and enjoy it,'' he said on Thursday, still with his recognizable chin scruff. ''I'll start 2014 pretty clean.''
Some of the Red Sox players already have shaved their beards, but Jon Lester was sporting a trimmed-back style before the 75th annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Designated hitter David Ortiz and outfielder Shane Victorino cut theirs off for charity shortly after the World Series.
Manager John Farrell said the rest will soon follow.
''We've come to an agreement that when we get on the field we'll be cleaned up,'' he said.
All three of the team's recent World Series trophies were on display in the ballroom before the dinner, where former Atlanta Braves pitcher and newly elected Hall of Famer Tom Glavine was to receive the organization's highest honor, the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to baseball. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was honored with the Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity.
Other honorees at the dinner were to include:
-Miguel Cabrera, the Ted Williams Award for the top hitter in baseball.
-Ortiz, the Thomas A. Yawkey Award as the Red Sox MVP. Only Carl Yastrzemski, who won the award six times, has more than Ortiz's four Yawkey awards.
-Lester, Red Sox pitcher of the year.
-Koji Uehara, Red Sox fireman of the year.
-David Ross, good guy award.
-Craig Breslow, Tim Wakefield Award for a Red Sox unsung hero.
-Xander Bogaerts, the minor league player of the year.
-Jose Iglesias, Red Sox rookie of the year.
-Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram, the Dave O'Hara Award for his service to the chapter.
Farrell was selected manager of the year and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was the organization's executive of the year after guiding the team from worst to first.
Working toward next season, Cherington gave oft-injured outfielder Grady Sizemore a $750,000, one-year contract this week.
The three-time All-Star has not played since 2011. Sizemore, 31, is a .269 career hitter with 139 homers and 458 RBIs.
''Everyone knows who he was in his prime,'' Cherington said. ''That player fits on any team.''
For the Boston Red Sox, bushy beards are so last year.
3A AREA PLAYOFFS: Verdigris battles Tahlequah Sequoyah in Checotah
Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan drained two key 3-pointers during Saturday’s Class 3A Regional Finals that provided a spark and a huge win over Vian.
Hanslovan, who is accustomed to winning state championships in soccer, will look to move the No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals one step closer toward a berth in the 3A State Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the area finals against Tahlequah Sequoyah at Checotah High School.
Catoosa HS set to host Class 6A Girls Area; 5A Boys Area tourneys
For high school basketball enthusiasts in Rogers County, Catoosa High School is the place to be on Thursday and Friday.
Catoosa High School will host the Class 6A Girls Area and Class 5A Boys Area over the two-day period.
Class 3A Regional Champions
It’s takes two to tango and the Verdigris basketball teams are dancing their way to the Class 3A Area Finals.
With a state tournament berth on the line Friday night, both Verdigris teams return to a familiar place on the road to state in Oklahoma City.
The Class 3A No. 3-ranked Lady Cardinals waltzed past Vian, 58-46 and the No. 4-ranked Cardinals decked Eufaula, 66-53 to cap off the regional championship night Saturday inside the Jack Collins Fieldhouse.
Claremore set to host 4A Area Basketball Tournament
Claremore High School will be a busy place Thursday through Saturday with several of the state’s top Class 4A basketball teams competing in the area tournament.
Forte key to OSU's postseason success
Phil Forte stands 5-foot-11, according to information provided by Oklahoma State, making him the smallest member of the Pokes' roster — and among the shortest in Big 12 Conference.
Waiting for best dunk
Markel Brown had to know Monday’s game against Kansas State would be special after knocking down a half-court shot for his only warm-up right before the National Anthem.
The moment came just minutes after the senior guard was recognized before the game in Gallagher-Iba Arena, which marked his last in an illustrious four-year career on the Stillwater campus.
MIAA MEN'S BB TOURNEY: NSU knocks off Washburn 79-75
The Northeastern State men’s basketball team ended the season for Washburn with a 79-75 victory Tuesday night in Lee Arena in the opening round of the 2014 MIAA Championship.
Adair rolls past Chelsea to win 3A Girls Basketball Regional Title
Keni Lippe scored 16 points, a quartet of teammates each had nine and the top-ranked Adair girls blazed past Chelsea, 70-23, to claim a 3A regional tournament title.
WRESTLING: Pryor pair makes state podium
It wasn’t exactly what Pryor head wrestling coach Roger White wanted, but two podium placements at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament this weekend in Oklahoma City is no small feat.
SOFTBALL: Arkansas-OU game rescheduled for April 30 in Fayetteville
Due to inclement weather and conditions, Wednesday's game between the University of Arkansas softball team and No. 13/19 Oklahoma has been rescheduled for April 30 at 3 p.m. (CT) at Bogle Park.
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