'Fear the Beard': A look into a Red Sox icon of unity

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October 22, 2013, 6:30 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) – The beard has become the iconic scruff of this 2013 Red Sox Team. It’s a sign of unity among the team, and a sign of luck.

For several of the players, the furry handiwork you see here is all thanks to, and all tended to by one very special barber.

Red Sox Player Jake Peavy said, "Angel’s been around for quite a bit. We like to call him “Monster”."

Angel Lucas was trimming the beard of Peavy.

Peavy allowed us into his Boston home while monster gave him a trim and got him ready leading up to the World Series. But the idea for Red Sox beards started all the way back in spring-training Peavy says.

"It's just a way to show the world that we are united. At the end of the day, nothing is going to break Spirit of this ballclub, the togetherness of it."

And that togetherness Peavy talks about has extended well beyond the field and the dugout. It has become a symbol of this team to Red Sox nation. There was even a game earlier this season where fans were told to wear their own Red Sox scruff and if they did their ticket cost a buck to see the Sox play.

But who is this mysterious guy called “Monster,” who's responsible for several of the beards that will be on the world stage come Wednesday night?

At the end of the day he's a barber from New York who befriended someone who might be the biggest name on the sox. David Ortiz.

Lucas said, "I see him almost as a father figure, as a dad, as has me under his wing."

And through David Ortiz, “Monster” has been able to grow his work with the Red Sox.

"I feel blessed for doing what I do, I mean, I don't do all of the guys, but I do some of the guys."

With those guys come some pretty substantial beards, and “Monster” says it always feels good when he sees those beards making big plays.

He said, "It makes me feel good when I see them getting a hit or a homerun or strike out."

And as far as how the next week is going to go for the Sox, “Monster” is optimistic.

“Vote Boston Red Sox, they are good all the way and this is what the city needs, the whole country needs, the whole world needs and Boston Strong."

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