Young Red Sox fan swings for fences

12-year-old Sam Maden helps convince team to produce anti-bullying announcement

Updated: June 5, 2011, 11:58 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Nashua (N.H.) North Angels went 13-2 in the Cal Ripken League this spring, and with the playoffs coming up, Sam Maden, their all-star shortstop and pitcher, was looking to get the attention of the Red Sox.

"Sweet Sammy" is what his mom, Tara, likes to shout out to him for encouragement when he is on the field, a great baseball nickname but one that tends to embarrass her 12-year-old son. You know, moms and all that.

Sam, as you might imagine, is a big Sox ...

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