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Bay officially sworn in

07.02.09 at 6:01 pm ET
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Jason Bay told us last week he was going to become an American citizen

… and, evidently, he wasn’t lying. (We strongly encourage a Ray Bourque/Phil Esposito type of moment at Fenway tomorrow rather than the Manny Ramirez flag-waving route.)

(Per the Associated Press)Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay married an American, has two American daughters and makes his living playing America’s pastime.

Now he can say he’s an American, too.

The 30-year-old from Trail, British Columbia, was among 360 people to become U.S. citizens Thursday in a naturalization ceremony at Faneuil Hall.

Dressed in a suit, Bay blended into the diverse group of immigrants holding postcard-sized flags who took the oath administered by U.S. District Court Judge Leo Sorokin.

Bay joined two military men and about a dozen children of newly sworn-in citizens to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. One little boy donned a special Red Sox T-shirt with Bay’s No. 44 decorated with red and white stripes and blue and white stars.

“I already knew it but I wanted to make sure I didn’t mess it up in front of all those people,” Bay said, admitting some jitters. “I didn’t want the kids to upstage me.”

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