Rookie's Dutch ties mean little in Netherlands

The Associated Press
Rookie's Dutch ties mean little in Netherlands
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts punches the air as he scores on an RBI ground rule double by David Ross during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Boston Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts is one of the surprises of the World Series, and still almost unknown in the Netherlands despite his Dutch connection.

Dutch sports news shows have reported on his exploits on baseball's biggest stage and even sent a camera crew to his home town on the Caribbean island of Aruba in the Dutch Antilles. Still, he is far from a household name.

Netherlands national team manager Peter Meijers says if Bogaerts flew into Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport this week ''I don't think there'd be crowds of people waiting for him.''