Robinson Cano knew the question was coming.

Now that he's a United States citizen, will he be suiting up in the red, white and blue for Team USA in next year's World Baseball Classic?

"I still have to play for the Dominican, even if I didn't want to," the Yankee second baseman said while letting out a hearty laugh. "If I played for the U.S., I don't think they would ever let me come home. You saw what happened with Alex (Rodriguez); a lot of people got upset in the Dominican when he played for the U.S."

All jokes aside, Cano's new status as a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Dominican Republic is something he's quite proud of. On Nov. 13, Cano tweeted out a photo of himself being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, then another showing him holding his certificate.

Cano attended school in the Newark area for three years before moving back to the Dominican for his final three years of high school, but becoming a citizen was never more than a passing thought to him as a teenager. But then he watched his mother go through the citizenship process last year.

"When I saw my mom do it, I decided to do it, too," Cano said. "I knew it was a long process, so I decided to take my time. When I was ready, I was going to start the process, and that's what I did this year. I spend more time in New York than the Dominican. I play here, I live here, so why not become a citizen?"

Cano began the process before spring training, studying for his test throughout the year. The test consists of only 10 questions, though they are chosen randomly from a pool of 100. ("You have to know them all to be prepared," Cano said.) A candidate must correctly answer six to pass the test, which Cano did with ease.

Cano has already earned more than $42 million playing for the Yankees since 2005, with another $15 million on the way next season. He understands the good fortune America has brought his way, which he cites as a major reason for undertaking the naturalization process.

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