NEW YORK – In a remarkable turn of events, just eight days after announcing his retirement as a player, renowned Dominican striker Nelson Cruz made an appearance at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon. He was there to witness the Águilas Cibaeñas deliver a stunning 3-0 victory over the Tigres del Licey in Game 2 of the highly anticipated “Titans of the Caribbean” series.
“It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I am truly amazed. I never thought I would have the opportunity to witness this,” Cruz expressed with sheer delight. “It seems like this series is here to stay in the United States for many years to come. The way the fans are reacting is simply fantastic.”
Prior to the game, Nelson Cruz was honored by New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who presented him with a prestigious award recognizing his retirement after an illustrious 19-year career as a major leaguer.
Cruz, who played for eight different teams including the Rangers, Orioles, and Mariners, boasts an impressive record. He was selected for seven All-Star Games and currently holds the 37th position in the all-time home run rankings with 464 home runs. Additionally, he participated in the postseason seven times. However, his most memorable moment came during the 2011 American League Championship Series against the Tigers. He showcased his exceptional skills by going 8-for-22 (.364) with six home runs and 13 RBIs, ultimately earning him the title of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the Serie.
In 2011, Cruz came tantalizingly close to winning the World Series. During Game 6, the Rangers were just one out away from clinching the championship, but unfortunately, they ended up losing in a grueling seven-game series. Twelve years later, Cruz finds solace in the fact that the Rangers finally secured their first title by defeating the D-backs in a thrilling five-game series.
“I’m incredibly excited for the Rangers. I feel a deep connection with the team and the Texas fans. It’s a mutual love and respect,” Cruz expressed with genuine enthusiasm. “Witnessing their triumph brought me immense joy.”