As you have likely heard by now, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped Wednesday night in his home country of Venezuela. Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that there's no new information on his whereabouts or status at this writing, a very scary situation for his family and friends:
"We are still waiting for any news about Wilson Ramos," Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for Ramos' Venezuelan team (Tigres de Aragua) tweeted this morning. "All the authorities are working in the case."
According to Vilera, Ramos' kidnappers have not been in communication with his family or authorities.
Several of Ramos' teammates tweeted their concern.
There's reaction from others around baseball and the sports world from Jim Iovino at NBC Washington.
Perhaps the best perspective on this can be provided by Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, also a native of Venezuela. He tweeted several times about it; I don't read Spanish very well so I ran the tweets through Google Translate, which gives rough translations. I won't post those here, but the gist of them was that Guillen said that men like him, who are natives of Venezuela, want to be there to help, but it becomes more difficult every day with no peace nor security, and elections are coming up soon. Here's Ozzie's Twitter feed, in case you speak Spanish and want his words in the original Spanish.
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