ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- As shortstop Xander Bogaerts helped make history in Wednesday night's Series win, giving Boston Red Sox fans another victory parade, he also made the happy island of Aruba, One happy nation. Bogaerts is the fifth Aruban to make it to the majors and the first to play in and win the Series.
Tens of thousands of fans cheered wildly from Boston's stadium, but there was a special fan there for 21-year-old Bogaerts: his mother, Sandra Brown.
"I couldn't be prouder of Xander, and wouldn't have missed seeing him play in the series for anything," Brown said. "There's a lot of love, support and happiness for him back home in Aruba, and so I'm here on behalf of our entire island."
"Xander, you proved to be a sunny lucky charm for Boston, and we hope you know all of Aruba is rejoicing with you today," Aruba Tourism Authority CEO Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes said. "You are our hometown hero and we look forward to celebrating with you on our One happy island soon."