Sure, perhaps there's a little more to it than that. Here I am cracking jokes about the Royals, while Pena has worked his ass off to learn English, the American Way, and — rather awesomely — become an honest-to-God US citizen. As Getting To First Base puts it,
What I didn't know was that Pena had to evade security guards and slip out of a bathroom window in Caracas when he was a teenager; that he left his beloved family behind to pursue a hope of a better life as an American ballplayer. That was ten years ago. He's a newly-minted American citizen now, a happy ending to a dangerous defection.
Still, I can't help but wonder if David Glass is really much of an improvement over Fidel.