Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a David Ross RBI ground rule double to left field against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)The Associated Press
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 Associated Press
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) and Xander Bogaerts (72) celebrate after Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in St. Louis. The Red Sox won 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Associated Press
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – 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."