Orioles' pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez officially became an American citizen Monday.
He's been in professional baseball in the United States for many years.
But no shortcuts becoming a citizen.
The process took him five years.
“It’s a great experience,” he said. “It’s a process you have to go through that takes a long time, and then when you finally get it, it’s an amazing feeling.”
“I’ve been part of this country since I was 19 years old, and this country has given me the opportunity to be a better person, not only for me, but for my family. I think even back in my country, I’ve been able to help a lot of people for the opportunity this country has given me.
“It’s something you don’t have any doubt in your mind that you want to do this.”