[Video] Cuban-Born Rays' Player Reunites With Family After Three Years

Dayron Varona

[Video] Cuban-Born Rays' Player Reunites With Family After Three Years

This Cuban baseball game before President Obama is especially important to Dayron Varona.

Published March 22, 2016

President Obama and the first family are set to watch a live baseball game in Cuba on Tuesday as part of his experience in the country.

But for one baseball player, the trip to Cuba has already been a priceless experience.

Tampa Bay Rays minor-league outfielder Dayron Varona was reunited with his family Sunday in his first time back in Cuba since defecting from the nation with his mother three years ago.

The heartfelt reunion was captured on video and tweeted out to the masses by the Rays.

Pretty touching to say the least.

Rays players Chris Archer and Evan Longoria reportedly advocated that Varona be added to the travel roster so he could make the trip and be reunited with his family.

"Since I left, I haven't heard that joy that Cuban people have," the Cuban-born Varona told USA Today.

He'll see limited action on the field Tuesday, when the Rays face the Cuban national team in an exhibition game with President Obama in attendance.

What a moment that will be.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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