‘Thank you God’: Cuban MLB star Yasiel Puig, who escaped socialism to play in the U.S., becomes an American

Via CBS News:

In 2013, Yasiel Puig had just signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was a rising star in Major League Baseball. The rookie had just signed a seven-year contract worth $42 million — but he wasn’t always safe and secure. Just a year prior, he was being smuggled into the United States. 

Puig’s harrowing escape from Cuba was detailed in Los Angeles Magazine by journalist Jesse Katz. His story captivated America — and now, Puig announced he is now a U.S. citizen. 

“Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American citizen,” said Puig, who now plays for the Cleveland Indians.