Red Sox’ ‘beard bonding’ symbolic of attitude adjustment ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Red Sox beards have been part of the team's identity throughout the season. Pictured here, catcher David Ross during practice at Fenway on Tuesday. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Mike Napoli was scraggly since spring training, and the beard idea grew on his teammates. Jim Davis/Globe Staff “That stuff is totally irrelevant to baseball,” said Johnny Gomes of the beards. “But if everybody gets on the same page, maybe it does help." Jim Davis/Globe Staff “It’s a bunch of us enjoying the game, talking about baseball.," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "The beards are just part of it. It’s being a team and talking about things and having a ball doing it.” Jim Davis/Globe Staff Clay Buchholz played with his beard during practice. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Catcher David Ross, left, frequently pulls the beards of his teammates. First baseman Mike Napoli is a regular target. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Designated hitter David Ortiz has been sporting a beard for years. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Starting pitcher John Lackey Barry Chin/Globe Staff Left fielder Mike Carp Barry Chin/Globe Staff Right fielder Shane Victorino John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Second baseman Dustin Pedroia Jim Davis/Globe Staff Pitcher Brandon Workman Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Pitcher Ryan Dempster Barry Chin/Globe Staff Left fielder Jonny Gomes, first baseman Mike Napoli, and starting pitcher John Lackey did some celebratory beard pulling after the Sox won the American League East division title.