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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2011
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The biggest star of 2011 Red Sox spring training is the son of one of the biggest stars in team history.
D'Angelo Ortiz, the charming six-year-old son of David Ortiz has been stride for stride with his Big Papi of a father everywhere the big No. 34 goes.
On Monday morning, with Ortiz taking his second day of live batting practice against Red Sox relievers, "Little Papi" donned the Red Sox away grays with the No. 34 on the back, below the name "Ortiz", just like his father. And just like his father, made people smile ear-to-ear with his impersonations of Red Sox hitters current and past.
"He's going to be a YouTube star," chirped new Red Sox star Carl Crawford, whose open stance was one of the imitations performed by the slugger to be.
Kevin Youkilis - who was also a subject of the younger Ortiz's performance - gave names one-by-one, beginning with Adrian Beltre, now with the Rangers, then Jason Varitek, followed by his father, J.D. Drew, Carl Crawford and Youkilis.
In 2010, D'Angelo had to share the spotlight with another six-year-old - Victor Jose Martinez, the son of the then-Red Sox catcher. The two were regularly seen before games chasing each other in the Red Sox clubhouse and keeping the mood light.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona would occasionally call the two youngsters into his office for a good-natured meeting about baseball and other things.
Oh, and one more thing, D'Angelo Ortiz was born on Saturday, July 10, 2004, exactly two weeks before the Red Sox beat the Yankees in a legendary late-July game that set the table for a late-season run that would end in the club's first World Series title since 1918.
That's reason enough to keep D'Angelo around a team looking for another title.