CLEVELAND -- Orlando Cabrera's locker at Progressive Field took on a patriotic look on Friday afternoon. Two American flags hung above the stall, and red, white and blue ribbons were draped all around.
"This was cool," Cabrera said of the display.
Cabrera was back with the Indians for their 5-4 win on Friday, one day after officially becoming a citizen of the United States. The ceremony took place near the 36-year-old infielder's home in South Carolina.
Asked about becoming a citizen, Cabrera could not hold back his smile.
"It was a really, really, really special moment for me," said Cabrera, who was born in Colombia. "It's not about trying to gain anything other than me just being proud of being a part of this country."
Indians manager Manny Acta, who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, was thrilled for the veteran second baseman.
"He walked in today with his American flag in his hand," Acta said. "I can relate to that, because I did it myself. He was so excited. He's been excited since the day he got his appointment date. This is what it's all about. God bless America.
"We appreciate everything we've done here in this country and the security and the freedom that comes with it. He's very happy and excited and I'm happy for him."