FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Jonny Gomes says it didn't bother him too much to have his long beard shaved off.
The Red Sox left fielder is at spring training without the beard he grew all last season when Boston won the World Series. He looks considerably younger than his 33 years. Right fielder Shane Victorino says Gomes looks like a freshman in high school.
Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli encouraged teammates to grow beards in spring training last season, their first with Boston. They kept growing theirs and, along with catcher David Ross, sported the longest beards by the end of the season. Only Napoli's remains.
Gomes had his shaved on national television last Wednesday. And he says he'll be all right without it.
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