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Before the Game, Citizenship

Carlos Santana of Cleveland Indians take the oath
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2019 4:09 PM CDT
Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana is now a US citizen.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana's joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a US citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention, per the AP. Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. "Thanks, Cleveland, for giving me an opportunity," said Santana, who was born in the Dominican Republic. "This is my residence, my city, and I'm proud and happy for that. Thank God I'm an American." Santana left Cleveland as a free agent to sign with Philadelphia after the 2017 season, then returned in a trade last December. He had hoped to celebrate his memorable day by hitting a home run Friday night, but the Indians' series opener against the Atlanta Braves was postponed by rain. (Read more Carlos Santana stories.)

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