Yasiel Puig celebrates ‘great opportunity’ of becoming U.S. citizen
It was a long and winding road, but Yasiel Puig at long last fulfilled his dream of becoming a United States citizen on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Indians slugger, who is serving the final day of a three-game suspension stemming from an incident before being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds, documented the moment he became an American citizen on Twitter.
Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen pic.twitter.com/346P6g89LX— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) August 14, 2019
As noted in a News 5 Cleveland report, Puig’s path to citizenship was an arduous one to put it mildly. Born in Cuba, Puig, 28, initially attempted to defect to Mexico beginning in 2009 in an attempt to gain legal resident status so he could be eligible to sign a contract in Major League Baseball.
Puig’s defection efforts finally succeeded in 2012 after 13 attempts with the aid of Los Zetas, a deadly Mexican drug cartel.
Puig spent his first six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being traded to the Reds last December. A blockbuster deal at the MLB trade deadline involving Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer landed Puig in Cleveland.
The Indians expect Puig to add some much-needed pop to the lineup, and the team extended their congratulations to the outfielder on social media.
Puig our citizen.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 14, 2019
Congratulations to @YasielPuig becoming a United States citizen! pic.twitter.com/xAyWgm57tH
Puig is the fourth Indians player to become a U.S. citizen this year, joining Carlos Santana, Oliver Perez and Hanley Ramirez, who was cut by the team back in April.