Orioles Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is playing winter ball in Venezuela for Caracas, received a long-awaited visit from his parents this week.
Urrutia hadn't seen his mother, Maria Victoria, since he fled Cuba nearly five years ago. He had seen his father, Ermidelio, more recently after he left Cuba and was living in Haiti, but he hadn't seen either parent in about four years.
Urrutia has always held his family close to him, and often says he knows his best playing days will arrive when his parents are around to see him play. It's not the majors, but now his parents can watch him play for the first time in years.
Before now, Urrutia would email his parents as many articles, photos and videos as he could to keep them informed of his career in the United States. With the U.S. and Cuba restoring diplomatic relations, his family might be able to see him play here sooner than later.
"I know my best season will be when my family is here with me," Urrutia said during spring training. "I can't wait for that."
Urrutia is having a solid season in Venezuela, hitting .304 with a .360 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage and five doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs in 21 games with Caracas.