08/09/2013 11:00 am ET

David Ortiz Holds Baby During National Anthem Because He's 'Big Papi' (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Perhaps it's his nickname that led the parents of this child to hand him over to David Ortiz.

With the Red Sox in Kanas City to face the Royals, Ortiz was handed a youngster from the stands before the game on Thursday night. With a proud father sporting a Red Sox t-shirt taking pictures all the while, Big Papi held the baby for duration of the national anthem.

What started as a quick fan photo opportunity near the visitors' dugout at Kauffman Stadium turned into something else when the Ortiz heard the anthem beginning. At that point, he opted to keep his new friend with him as the anthem began, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston.

PHOTOS: David Ortiz Holding A Baby