Well, it was hard for me when I left Cuba because there wasn't any professional baseball there anymore, and I had to leave my family behind. It meant leaving my dad, my mom, my brothers and sisters, and the whole family, because on my mother's side I had a big family. And having to - not being able to see them for so long. It took me 10 years to see them again.
I went back to Cuba in '72 because I was told that my father was sick, and so I decided to go back. Through the Cincinnati Reds, they helped me get the visa here in the United States to be able to return, and we also got the Cuban one. And that is how I was able to return and see my family.
I arrived in Havana and was there for three days trying to return to my town, right?, to CamagŁey, to Central Violeta. And when I was there, there was a big reception when I got there. The first thing I did was to go see my father. He had a good recovery after that, when he saw me, and I was very happy about that. And seeing my brothers, my mom, my sister, the whole reception was incredible
The entire town came into my house to see me and greet me, and congratulate me for having succeeded in the Major Leagues, and for having given my town, my tiny town a good name - I mean, throughout the United States and in Latin America.
A lot of people were proud when I returned, a lot of friends that I left behind, that grew up with me, that played ball with me from when they were little, they were also there, and I could hug them, and that was great. It was very emotional.