Limonta Becoming A Cuban-American

Tacoma outfielder Johan Limonta is going to be away from the team and miss the next two games for a very good reason.

He’s becoming a U.S. citizen.

Limonta escaped Cuba in 2004 under dangerous and harrowing conditions, defecting to the USA. He attended Miami Dade Community College for a year and then was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.

Today, Limonta is flying to his new home city of Miami, where he is taking the citizen test. He said he has been studying and he expects to pass. When he does pass, he’ll attend a naturalization ceremony and pledge his allegiance to the USA.

It’s a whirlwind for Limonta: fly all day today, test on Tuesday, fly back and try to arrive in time for the day game on Wednesday.

For more on Limonta, check out this story from The Sporting News about how tough it was to leave Cuba.

The Rainiers got smoked on Sunday, dropping a 9-4 decision in Reno. The Aces scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead, and their starter Barry Enright was in command all day.

Tacoma has lost three in a row in Reno and needs a win today to avoid being swept for the first time this season. Today is the final day of the longest road trip of the year – the team is 3-7 on the 11-game, 12-day trip.

The good part about the end of this trip is it is a day game today. Today’s game is at 1:05, and the Rainiers will be able to fly home afterwards. We’ll be forced to change planes in the former PCL metropolis of Oakland, but nobody will be complaining about that – people just want to get home.

The Rainiers start RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) in his first start of the season – he had been pitching for the Mariners in long relief. Reno will start RHP Joe Martinez (0-2, 4.24), and you can catch the broadcast on 850 AM and streaming online right here.


Can’t wait to get home – don’t forget, the Rainiers have $5 General Admission tickets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


3 Responses to Limonta Becoming A Cuban-American

  1. […] U.S. Citizen? Mention: OF/DH Johan Limonta, L/L, 8/4/1983 5 G, 17 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 5/1 K/BB, .412/.444/.706 […]

  2. sara b. says:

    Hey, did johan pass his test?? We will be at the park on Saturday and we’d like to congratulate him.

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