Citizen Contreras

It has been a big couple of days for Jose Contreras, and his worry-free bullpen session on Thursday probably ranked second to Wednesday’s events back in Tampa. Contreras became a United States citizen.

“I feel very grateful the country gave me the opportunity to be a baseball player and everything that I dreamed about,” said Contreras through translator and bench coach Joey Cora. “I felt honored to have the blue passport.”

Alexei Ramirez also has returned home to Florida for a few days to put his citizenship process in motion. It might take up to two years before it becomes official.


Congrats to Jose Contreras! Welcome to America!


Congrats Jose! Hope his recovery is speedy without any long-term problems (which it sounds like it is thus far). And good luck to Alexei with his citizenship process!

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