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So thick....so lustrous....so mammalian.

Gold Glove first baseman Kevin Youkilis has been sporting an extra-lush goatee ever since spring training. Well, sports fans, that’s about to change.

Gillette is donating $5,000 to Youkilis’ newly formed organization, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids, in exchange for a shave that will be performed at the Cask ‘n Flagon next to Fenway Park.

Youk’s charity does some, you know, charitable stuff for kids in both New England and in Cincinnati, where he’s from. That’s nice. But more importantly, it’s the end of a particularly pelty era. Did he look like a pirate, or a Russian czar, or Ulysses S. Grant? We didn’t even know. But don’t despair, UFH-watchers. I’m sure he’ll grow something just as questionable.

[Note: the odd thing is that a Red Sox player did pick up my old suggestion about getting Gillette to pay them to shave their unfortunate facial hair. If only it had been the other corner infielder, all my prayers would have been answered. It’s a testament to how much I loathe Mike Lowell’s goatee that I would almost be curious to see him on the Yankees, just so that I could also see his Clooney-esque visage free from such unworthy graffiti.]

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