Outfielder Endy Chavez became an American citizen on Monday, a process the 31-year-old had undertaken quite some time ago.
He was prepared for most anything, except perhaps the response of his teammates.
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As he has done each time something of import has happened since the first week of spring training, Mike Sweeney called players to a circle in the clubhouse for an announcement.
"Endy Chavez has become an American citizen today," he announced, making Chavez stand on a chair in the middle of the circle. Much cheering ensued. "Today, he is no longer a Latino!"
Sweeney then turned to one of Chavez's fellow native Venezuelans, Carlos Silva, and asked him to lead the team in a moment of silence. Everyone was quiet, and then Silva broke the spell.
"Bleep you!" he yelled, and everyone laughed and slapped Chavez on the back.
That's about as serious as this group gets about such things, but Chavez was beaming.