View Full Version : OT: Jason Bay to become US citizen

07-02-2009, 01:07 PM
BOSTON (AP)óRed Sox left fielder Jason Bay(notes) has long played Americaís pastime and will now be able to call himself an American.

The 30-year-old player from Canada becomes a U.S. citizen Thursday afternoon in a ceremony at Bostonís historic Faneuil Hall.

Bay is from British Columbia and is the first Red Sox player to be naturalized since Dominican-born David Ortiz(notes) was sworn in last summer in Fenway Park.

Bay is batting .262 this year and finished last season with 31 homers. He came to Boston from the Pittsburgh Pirates last season as part a three-team trade that sent Manny Ramirez(notes) to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bay was the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year with the Pirates.

Source (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=As9SOoaRRPjCxYQCqBW1BvkRvLYF?slug=ap-redsox-baycitizenship&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Dammit Jason, you better still play for Canada at the WBC.

07-02-2009, 01:15 PM
That's a shame.

07-02-2009, 01:41 PM
a shame, really?

07-02-2009, 02:00 PM
that son of a *****...

07-02-2009, 02:22 PM
Seriously guys, please don't make insulting remarks about this.

07-02-2009, 02:48 PM
Hopefully it's a dual citizenship thing just to make it easier as far as working in the States.

Big Hurt
07-02-2009, 04:42 PM
He will still play for Canada.

It did not do much for David Ortiz's career

07-02-2009, 05:17 PM
still... its just disappointing to hear.

07-02-2009, 05:56 PM
It just makes things easier for travel. Has to be much easier re-entering the States if you show them a US passport. And there's not a chance he won't play for Canada. Brian Burke was born in the states, got his Canadian citizenship and is GMing the States at the Olympics.

07-02-2009, 07:57 PM
This deserves a :pity: especially after Canada Day.

07-02-2009, 09:23 PM
He's still a Canadian citizen guys, this just makes it easier for him to live in the states.

Relax a little

07-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Sorry for the double post, my browser bugged out.

But yeah guys, he's a Canadian citizen for LIFE, he can't lose his citizenship.

07-02-2009, 10:18 PM
"I don't denounce being Canadian at any point, but I'm definitely proud to be an American," Bay said.

i don't think its a big deal. he is still canadian.

07-02-2009, 10:33 PM
That traitor!

07-02-2009, 11:48 PM
how does a story like this even make the news?

07-02-2009, 11:53 PM
I never liked him since he went to boston. the guy said that if he could play for any team it would be boston(or something along those lines). **** you Jason