CHICAGO -- Orlando Cabrera left the Indians on Thursday and that was fine with the ballclub. The veteran infielder headed home to South Carolina, where he was scheduled to officially become a citizen of the United States.
That news brought a warm smile to manager Manny Acta's face.
"I know that he's very happy and excited," Acta said on Thursday. "I've gone through it. It is a great moment. We all appreciate the type of life that you can live here with all the freedom and all the security we have here. It's going to be a great moment for him."
Acta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, became a U.S. citizen in 1999. Cabrera -- a native of Colombia -- has been going through the legal citizenship process for the past few months.
Asked if he remembered any of the questions on the citizenship test, Acta chuckled.
"No, it's been too long," said Acta, who then paused. "Liberty or death. Patrick Henry. That's in there."