The Washington Nationals have a budding star on their roster in Wilson Ramos, a 24 year old catcher who batted .267 with 15 home runs last year. The only problem is, he's kidnapped. Ramos was in Venezuela playing for the Aragua Tigers in their winter league. Kathy Vilera, the Tigers spokeswoman had this to say, "It's sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos was kidnapped."
That sounds more matter of fact, and less bothered by the fact that one of their players has been kidnapped.
Four gunmen entered his home in Venezuela Wednesday night and took him at gunpoint authorities say. They escaped in a van which was later found in the town of Bejuma, 60 miles from his home. According to Venezuelan officials, their "best investigators" are on the case.
"Prudence and an even head are important in this difficult moment that the Ramos family is going through," Tigers President and General Manager Rafael Rodriguez said in a statement. "With God's help we will end up well in this complicated situation."
Baseball is extremely popular in Venezuela, and this is not the first reported crime against players in the area. CNN reports the following:
In 2009, the 11-year-old son of Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba, as well as his brother-in-law, were kidnapped for ransom. The pair were released the next day, reportedly with no ransom paid.
Former major league pitcher Victor Zambrano's mother was also kidnapped that year, and rescued in a police operation.
The brother of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Henry Blanco was kidnapped and killed in 2008.The trend of Venezuelan ballplayers being at risk goes back at least to 2005, when the mother of former big-league pitcher Ugueth Urbina, was kidnapped and held captive for months. -CNN.com
While headlines are all about Penn State right now, there is a missing person in Venezuela. I guess people go missing every day, so it isn't worthy of headline news. Right now, the FBI is not involved in this case because Wilson Ramos is not a US citizen, though they have offered any help Venezuelan authorities need.
I'm not sure what to make of this, Ramos is still missing, authorities are waiting for a ransom demand, but what if that never comes?
This has Celtic Pride written all over it. . .Fight On DMV will keep you posted as the story continues.