As a proud American, I always like to watch the news segments that show a group of people all taking the oath to officially become United States citizens.
But when you throw in a player from my favorite sport of baseball into the mix? Well, I'm about twice as captivated. On Wednesday, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had me transfixed as he was officially sworn in, injured left wrist and all, during an afternoon ceremony.
Is it getting dusty in here?
Ortiz was one of 227 immigrants who raised their right hands and took the Oath of Citizenship at the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester. The cast he has worn since partially tearing a tendon in his left hand did not stop him from clutching a small American flag as he spoke to a crush of reporters after the ceremony.
"My whole family, kids, and everyone have been born here," Ortiz said. "It's a great country, proud to be here, now proud to be a part of it."
I don't have much else to add, other than, congratulations, Big Papi. Welcome to the club.
A big BLS head nod to Center Field for the tip.