Tigers & Leonine Martin, Jose Iglesias become citizens of the United States | MLB

The Tigers held a ceremony before Monday's loss to the Athletics celebrating Leonys Martin and José Iglesias gaining their US citizenship.

"This is a dream come true". pic.twitter.com/CObQcwVcGB

– Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 26, 2018

"I will never forget my country, but it's amazing to be part of the United States." Martin said, through apnews.com. "Being able to do it here in the stadium, right in front of the fans, was really emotional."

Martin, a 30-year-old Cuban outfielder, started his career with the Rangers after defecting before finishing with the Tigers this offseason.

Congratulations to @JoseIglesias_SS and @ leonys27martin for becoming citizens of the United States today! pic.twitter.com/fluNOmmDEU

– Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 26, 2018

Iglesias, also born in Cuba, said he is still adjusting to his new culture, already who enjoys his best statistical season with the Tigers.

"It's hard, man, you came in. You face a new culture, you face a new language, you face new food, everything new," Iglesias said. "Still learning, I've been here for 10 years, and I'm still learning."

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire just hopes the two can travel to Toronto this weekend.

"It's really great, these guys are very proud of that, I just hope they can get to Canada," he said. "They have lost their visas and green cards once they have taken this citizenship, so they have to get a pbadport so they can go with us to Canada here in a few days."


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