Cuban pitcher Contreras pays visit to homeland
Jose Contreras has received a rousing welcome in his return to
Cuba 10 years after defecting.
The major league pitcher is the first athlete to take advantage
of a new migratory law that makes it easier for defectors who have
long been considered traitors to visit their homeland.
Dissident Roman Catholic activist Dagoberto Valdes says
Contreras received a hero’s welcome in the western city of Pinar
He says Contreras took pictures on Wednesday with fans in a park
among hundreds of onlookers.
Contreras walked away while playing for Cuba in Mexico in 2002
and was signed by the New York Yankees a year later. He also played
for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia
The 41-year-old right-hander is a free agent.