Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig became a United States citizen on Wednesday, posting a picture on Twitter to celebrate the moment:
Thank you 🙏 God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen 👌🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/346P6g89LX— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 14, 2019
Puig, 28, defected from Cuba in 2012 with the dream of playing Major League Baseball. He then signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, spending his first six seasons with the club before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason.
The Reds then shipped him to Cleveland ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. For the season, he's hitting .263 with 23 homers, 67 RBI, 56 runs and 16 stolen bases.