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As the faithful converged on Fenway Park Sunday night, they zigzagged through the pregame carnival on Yawkey Way, past a tall man on stilts, a quick-fingered magician, a rock ‘n’ roll band banging out “Louie, Louie,’’ and a billboard identifying the Red Sox beards.
The sign alerted the throngs that David Ortiz’s facial bristle is called “The Tease,’’ although there was no tease in Ortiz by the eighth inning when he took Joaquin Benoit deep for one of the greatest grand slams in Sox postseason history.
The billboard identified Mike Napoli’s look as “The Siesta.’’
And Clay Buchholz’s? His facial art is dubbed “The Buck,’’ as in the buck stops with Buchholz.
After all, Buchholz had started five games this year after a Sox loss and went 5-0. And when he wasn’t sitting out much of the season with a neck strain, he was spectacular, going 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA.