One year later with Lil' Ron Washington

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 14 at 8:35 AM

He was an overnight sensation.

Eight-year-old Liam Roybal became famous last October when he dressed up like Rangers manager Ron Washington for Halloween.

His likeness earned him the nickname "Lil' Ron Washington," and he became an instant hit.

He and his family  were invited to the World Series. Liam hung out with the real Ron Washington in the team's dugout. He even appears in pictures next to the manger in the team's coffee table book.

A year later, the Keller third-grader is rooting for his team to get back to the World Series. Thursday, we caught up with him at his Keller home watching Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

He talked about last year's experience meeting the team, and hanging out in the dugout with the man he calls "Big Wash."

"I was standing up on the bench [next to Washington] and these people were going wild," Roybal said.

It wasn't planned this way.

Liam dressed up for Halloween as an old man, but people thought he resembled a little Ron Washington - so he put on the uniform and went with it.

It has been a whirlwind for the whole family.

"The players and Wash were extremely generous and showed interest an interest in Liam," said his mother.

Liam still gets questions about it all the time.

The eight-year-old is planning on donning the mustache and shaved head for Halloween again.

He hopes it will bring his Rangers good luck to get back in the World Series.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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