Texas Rangers: Liam Roybal

Ron Washington meets his young look-alike

October, 31, 2010
10/31/10
5:41
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Seven-year-old Liam Roybal, whose Ron Washington costume has become an Internet sensation, earned himself a trip to World Series as a guest of the Texas Rangers.

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Richard Durrett for ESPN.comLiam Roybal, whose Halloween costume created buzz on the Internet, met Rangers manager Ron Washington before Game 4 of the World Series.
Roybal, who lives in Keller, Texas, met the Rangers manager in the dugout prior to Game 4.

Roybal was dressed in his Ron Washington Halloween costume. He shaved his head to look like Washington and completed the ensemble with glasses and a fake mustache. He was shy as he sat in the dugout with Washington as dozens of reporters with camera phones and photographers gathered to snap his photo.

"It's good," said Roybal when asked how excited he was to be at the World Series.

A large crowd behind the dugout asked Washington to turn around and pose for photos with Roybal, who received a huge hand from the fans as he did the claw and antlers at Washington's urging.

"Out of all the people in the world, he chose to dress up as the manager of the Texas Rangers," Washington said. "That's really something."

Washington said the last few days that he was flattered that Roybal decided to dress up in his likeness for Halloween. But Roybal wasn't canvassing his neighborhood for candy in the early evening hours on Sunday night. He was busy watching Washington and the Rangers in Game 4 of the World Series.

Roybal said he plays first base, second base and outfield for his Little League baseball team called the Dirt Bags.

"Just like this club," Washington quipped.

Ron Washington flattered by kid's costume

October, 29, 2010
10/29/10
4:19
PM CT


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington has an 7-year-old look-alike in Keller that has drawn national attention after photos of his Halloween costume surfaced on the Internet.

Liam Roybal of Keller decided to dress up as Washington for Halloween and the photo and video have showed up on national networks, including ESPN.

"It's very flattering," Washington said, smiling when he was asked about Roybal's costume as part of his off-day news conference on Friday. "You know, the kid must love baseball and he must love energy. He must love character. And that's my personality."

Washington was surprised that someone would want to dress up like him for Halloween.

"It's nice that there could be someone that wants to imitate Ron Washington," Washington said. "I never in all my wildest dreams thought that. He might want to imitate some other star. I certainly don't consider myself a star. I'm just a baseball man. But it's nice that that young kid could watch a baseball game and want to be Ron Washington. That means a lot."

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