There's many powerful storylines flowing out of the Boston Red Sox' historic 2018 World Series title victory, including this piece today from Bleacher Report's Joon Lee on shortstop Xander Bogaerts reuniting with his father after more than two decades apart.
Bogaerts grew up in Aruba, raised primarily by his mother, Sandra Brown, along with his brother Jair and sister Chandra. Their father, Jan Maartens, left the family when Xander was just three years old, moving halfway across the world.
Some 23 years later, father and son have finally reconnected face-to-face, as Lee writes:
A day after the Red Sox beat the Astros to advance to the World Series, Xander asked his father if he wanted to join the family for the Los Angeles leg of the series. "We have to be there," Maarten told Xander. A flurry of logistics later, Maarten was in Los Angeles, ready to watch all three games at Dodger Stadium.
Xander, Jair and Maarten talked at dinner and then at breakfast the next day. Chandra took photos. "I have so many photos of them together, smiling and laughing," she says. "That wasn't something we had growing up." Over the course of the week, they filled up the empty family photo albums.
"It's one of the best decisions I've ever made," Xander says. "I've grown up as a man."
Maartens had initially begun efforts to reconcile back in 2013, when Bogaerts won his first World Series title as a rookie with the Red Sox, though the latter said he wasn't ready yet.
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