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Bogaerts brushes with greatness

Red Sox star-in-waiting draws attention of president, king, entire island of Aruba

Updated: April 2, 2014, 11:13 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BALTIMORE -- The first Red Sox player President Obama mentioned at the White House on Tuesday was Xander Bogaerts, described by the president as "the upstart rookie who took over at third base and didn't let up."

Heady stuff for a 21-year-old from Aruba, but not entirely a new experience.

"Well, what can I say?" said Sandra Brown, Bogaerts' mother, when a caller the other day mentioned the team's pending visit to Washington. "He met the king of the Netherlands too."

She ...

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