October 31, 2010
Get ready to meet Li'l Ronnie Washington!
From the Dallas Morning News:
"He is absolutely excited, he's kind of bouncing off the walls right now," [mom] Ami Roybal said. Liam will be practicing the phrase before his moment in the spotlight, she added.
All I can say is, Fox TV better not miss it.
The kid's a star at 7.
Good for the Rangers, finding something semi-official for Li'l Ron to do. His Halloween costume — authentic down to his correctly shaved head — has been one of the highlights of the Rangers rise to power this fall.
Liam has become quite a celebrity over the past 96 hours or so, ever since @GordonKeith posted a picture of Liam-as-Wash on Twitter. Jerod Morris of Midwest Sports Fans took notice, as did The Stew, and a viral internet sensation was born.
Liam and his parents, Ami and Rick Roybal, have even made the rounds on Dallas TV.
Even cooler about Liam: He's not just a prop. He's a real fan who plays baseball for a team called the Dirtbags. Nice reference to Long Beach State (Evan Longoria(notes), Troy Tulowitzki(notes)). The kid's got a nice batting stance, too.
Strange thing, though: Baseball look-alikes seem to run in the Roybal family:
Rick Roybal and the pitching coach Daniel Stern played in "Rookie of the Year." Eh, eh?