'Mini Bautista' a big hit with Blue Jays fans

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Oscar Wood, left, whose face is painted to look like Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, talks with manager John Gibbons during batting practice before Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: A young Toronto Blue Jays fan looks on prior to game three of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Wood is going viral because of a Blue Jays video his dad, Benn, took of him swinging in sync with the game. He famously sported a faux-beard, which has earned him the title 'Mini Bautista.' (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Wood has a framed photo with Jose Bautista that sits on his bedside table in his room. (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Wood is going viral because of a Blue Jays video his dad, Benn, took of him swinging in sync with the game. He famously sported a faux-beard, which has earned him the title 'Mini Bautista.' (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Oscar Wood is going viral because of a Blue Jays video his dad, Benn, took of him swinging in sync with the game. He famously sported a faux-beard, which has earned him the title 'Mini Bautista.' (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 15: Benn and Charlotte Wood pose with their three children, (from left to right) Oscar, 9, Isabella, 11 and Jasper, 6, outside their home in Thornton. (Melissa Renwick/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: A young Toronto Blue Jays fan looks on prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays greets a young fan prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 20: Manager John Gibbons #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays greets a young fan prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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TORONTO (AP) — The guy everyone wanted to talk to outside the Blue Jays dugout before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series wasn't a coach or player, but a 9-year-old boy wearing a fake beard.

His name is Oscar Wood, and he has become known as Mini Bautista because of the painted black beard he wears in tribute to his favorite player, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.

Accompanied by his father, Benn, Wood was invited to watch the Blue Jays take batting practice from up close before Tuesday's game against Kansas City.

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Mini Bautista has become an online sensation among Blue Jays fans following a video his father shot at Game 5 of the AL Division Series against Texas.

When Bautista is at bat, Oscar likes to stand up and pretend he's hitting, too. At Game 5, Benn recorded his son swinging a mock bat seconds before Bautista hit his tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning. The camera panned toward the field, where Bautista's ball can be seen sailing into the stands, then back to a jubilant Oscar, screaming and high-fiving with those around him. The video, later posted on MLB.com, has been viewed more than four million times, Benn said.

"When he hit it, the whole crowd just went 'Ooooh,'" Oscar said Tuesday. "That's all I heard. Then when it was sailing up in the air all I heard was 'Yay!' and the screaming of everyone."

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Baseball is a family affair for the Oscar and his father. Along with little brother Jasper, 6, big sister Bella, 11, and their mother, the family makes multiple trips to Rogers Centre each season from their home in Thornton, Ontario, about 60 miles north of Toronto.

The Woods moved to Canada from Swindon, England, 80 miles west of London, six years ago. Five years ago last month, Benn attended his first Blue Jays game with a neighbor.

"We waited until the following season before we brought the three kids out," he said. "All of us got hooked."

Oscar's face-paint beard first gained notoriety three years ago, when he was picked to accompany Bautista onto the field for the national anthems before a Saturday home game, a regular feature on 'Junior Jays Day' in Toronto.

His batting routine began during a family road trip to New York this season, where the Woods caught both games of a Sept. 12 doubleheader against the Yankees. Bautista had four hits that day, including two home runs in the opener.

"One of the Yankees fans said 'Hey kid, no more voodoo,'" Benn said. "He just sort of smiled and carried on doing it all the more through the game. That was it, bat voodoo was kind of ingrained."

Celebrity status has made life entertaining for Oscar, with a few exceptions.

"We were in the stands (Monday) night, everyone was coming down to take pictures with him," Benn said. "It takes 10 times longer to get everywhere because of stopping for photos and that sort of thing. But he's been loving it, absolutely loving it, although one of the things he said earlier was 'I don't like it when the girls hug me.' There's been a few that grab a hold of him and he's just sort of shell-shocked."

Oscar was interviewed by several media outlets during batting practice Tuesday. He also chatted briefly with manager John Gibbons and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson then brought Oscar back into the clubhouse, where the youngster posed for a photo with Bautista that the slugger shared on Instagram.

Benn Wood said Oscar's fame has been "a wild ride" for his family, and for relatives back in England.

"They can't quite get their heads around all of it," he said. "Honestly, none of us can. It's just been a roller coaster."

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez watches his home run during the fourth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, left, rounds the base after hitting a home run as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada looks away during the fourth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Luke Hochevar, left, and catcher Salvador Perez celebrate their 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price throws against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, right, makes a one-handed grab of a foul ball as home plate umpire Laz Diaz rules it a dead ball during the sixth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson slides into home plate to score on an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion during the sixth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 17: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals hits a single in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during game two of the American League Championship Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello, left, picks off Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain at first base during the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price, front right, reacts after being taken out during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista reacts after striking out against the Kansas City Royals to end the top of the seventh inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, left,and third baseman Mike Moustakas celebrates after the end of the top of the eighth inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws the first pitch of Game 3 of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre on Monday, October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jon Blacker/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19: Ben Revere #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays is safe at first base in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals right fielder Alex Rios catches a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak during the eighth inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar, left, scores past Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez on a hit by Ryan Goins during the second inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna and catcher Russell Martin celebrates their 11-8 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain scores past Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey on a passed ball during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Ben Zobrist watches his two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar reacts to a two run single by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Members of the Kansas City Royals celebrate their 14-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)
Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Colabello rounds the bases after a home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez during the second inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain get get a glove on a RBI double by Toronto Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar during the eighth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada celebrates after their 7-1 win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Toronto. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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