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."