The subsequent time Cleveland Indians star Yasiel Puig steps into the batter’s field to compete in America’s pastime, he’ll take his hacks as an American citizen.
Puig, the wildly athletic, highly effective, electrifying and typically controversial outfielder, tweeted Wednesday that he’s now formally a citizen of the USA.
The Cuban native, who risked his life on a number of events to flee the communist regime and full a twist-filled, treacherous journey that ultimately landed him within the U.S., tweeted a photograph of himself with dyed crimson hair and holding a tiny American flag.
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“Thank You God for this nice alternative to be an American citizen,” he wrote within the tweet.
Puig’s journey from Cuba to taking part in Main League Baseball within the U.S. is a harrowing one detailed in an in-depth piece in Los Angeles Journal in 2014.
The story describes Puig’s a number of makes an attempt to defect to Mexico from Cuba, solely finishing the dangerous route with assistance from a violent Mexican gang that lastly smuggled him into the nation. Puig reportedly needed to pay a handler to assist him achieve residency in Mexico Metropolis, which then helped him land a seven-year, $42 million cope with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. He burst on the scene the subsequent season, incomes the nickname the “Wild Horse” for his enthusiastic, all-out model of play and ending second in Nationwide League Rookie of the Yr voting.
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Puig performed for the Dodgers for six seasons earlier than he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds earlier than the 2019 season started. The Reds later flipped Puig to the Indians earlier than baseball’s commerce deadline on the finish of July.