A good story. Cespedes’ mother sounds appropriately wonderful.
For more than a year, [Cespedes’ mother Estela] Milanes and 11 other family members were engaged in a lengthy struggle to emigrate from Cuba to the United States and join Cespedes, who defected from Cuba to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2011 to seek an opportunity as a Major League Baseball player. Cespedes, ultimately signed at age 26 by the A’s to a four-year deal worth $36 million, was in contact with his family maybe 10 times during the first four months of the 2012 season. At one point, they were off the map and out of contact for three or four days.
“I had no idea where my family was,” Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. “They just disappeared.”
They soon found safety, but it was fleeting. In October, following an extensive stay in the Dominican Republic, they were captured in a raid and detained as illegal immigrants in the Turks and Caicos Islands, falling under suspicion of being the subject of a human trafficking ring, according to the Turks and Caicos Sun.
Today, they are in Miami, and they were all treated to a surprise visit by Cespedes this weekend, mere hours after safely arriving in the United States. Cespedes left the A’s to welcome his family on Saturday night, landing at their doorstep the next morning around 6 a.m.