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Nelson Cruz: Living An Immigrant’s American Dream

The  Minnesota Twins’ Nelson Cruz, a Dominican Republic native, became a naturalized U.S. citizen last October.

Cruz proudly shared the news in an Instagram post in which he held a U.S. flag along with his citizenship document while stylishly dressed and sporting stars and stripes shoes.

Cruz’s baseball journey is a particular version of the immigrant’s American Dream. The opportunity to migrate to this country and make a better life is one many Latinos have pursued. Professional baseball has provided the work opportunity for Cruz and countless others to pursue that dream.

As a U.S. citizen, he plans to continue giving back.

“Even without being a citizen I found it important to give back wherever I was because improving our surroundings and offering opportunities benefits everybody. We can only strive to get better, and I try to do my part,” Cruz said.

Dominican slugger Nelson Cruz speaks to La Vida Baseball’s Jennifer Mercedes about his work with the BOOMSTICK23 FOUNDATION.

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