Brayan Pena Announces Plans to Join Army Reserve

Brayan Pena Army Reserve
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh, left, gets a handshake from catcher Brayan Pena after retiring the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

With the Fourth of July just passing, and all of the incredible MLB tributes, ceremonies, and celebrations, everyone’s feeling super American lately. Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena took it to a new level, announcing on twitter his offseason plans to join the Army Reserve.

Brayan Pena is not American born. The 34 year old catcher was born in La Habana, Cuba. He signed with the Braves in 2000, and made his MLB debut in 2005 at the age of 23. Over his 16 year career, Pena has been with the Royals, Reds, Tigers, Braves, and Cardinals.

In the super messed up political and anti-American (at times) country we live in, it’s cool to see things like this. Someone¬†who came to this country, worked his ass off, and freely chose to pull this super American move.