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After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:00 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted in Venezuela Wednesday night. Many are expecting the kidnappers to be seeking a hefty ransom, but Ramos' family has still heard nothing from the assailants, 36 hours after the abduction took place (MASNSports.com).

One report from Thursday indicated the kidnappers could be part of a very savvy criminal organization and it's possible they'd be seeking upwards of $20 million for his safe return (SI.com). The scary part there is Ramos doesn't have anywhere close to that. He made $415,000 in his rookie season in 2011. There are deeper pockets in play, though. The Venezuelan government and Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations are on the case, and there's word even the FBI will become involved, even though Ramos isn't an American citizen (MASNSports.com).

It's entirely possible Ramos' relatively low salary is the reason the family hasn't heard anything from the kidnappers; that maybe if it's an organized crime group to blame, they're shooting to get a big payday from the MLB -- which could more than afford to pay.

Thursday, Venezuelan authorities found the vehicle that is believed to be the one used to kipnap Ramos. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like a huge lead, because it was reportedly a stolen vehicle.

All reports indicate Ramos is still alive, but the longer the situation draws out, the scarier it gets.

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Comments

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:13 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

 

  He's a Venezuelan, who was kidnapped in Venezuela, by Venezuelan criminals... wtf does this have to do with the US.  How about letting the Venezuelans deal with their own problems.  I'm sure we have enough crime of our own to deal with.


 




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:06 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Interesting point, Ejay.  (Love the numbers in your name, by the way.)  But I've noticed over time that there's not usually a whole lot of correlation between the order the stories are listed and how important they are (except that usually the first one is supposedly the "hot" one, though it isn't always.  In line with that, sometimes the order may also be affected by when the stories were posted, though I've never specifically tried to confirm that. 
So don't take it to heart!



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:27 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Let Sean Penn pay,the money is going to go to the venezuelan govt anyway.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:46 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

f***** animals.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

WHy is this story number 3 and the marlins new uniforms above this????? Does anyone care about ramos?????



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:48 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

One small clarification of my original post: When I said, "for all we know, the government may even be getting a cut of the proceeds," I hope it's understood that I was referring to the Venezuelan government, not the U.S. government.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:42 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

ARGO terrible and insensitive post :
In what way, StlCards2000?  If you've got some points to make against what I said, make them.
Typical Phillies Fan
Well, that kind of stuff is certainly no substitute for reasoned argument.
this is so scary
No doubt, and you could have deduced as much from what I wrote earlier.  What makes it so scary is that with an uncooperative government down there there is only so much that can be done--short of starting still another war, that is.
i wish justice would be brought in .
Whose justice, StlCards2000?  Ours, or the Venezuelan government's?
NAVY SEALS ! teach this " crime organization " a lesson 
Oh, right.  And are you going to do that every time there's a kidnapping?  (How far inland do you want the SEALS to go, by the way?)



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:05 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

ARGO terrible and insensitive post : Typical Phillies Fan : this is so scary and i wish justice would be brought in . NAVY SEALS ! teach this " crime organization " a lesson 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:51 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

The Venezuelan government and Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations are on the case,
That's a laugh, or at least part of it, is.  I don't know about MLB, but you can bet that the only thing Chavez and his anti-U.S. government are doing "on the case" is consulting with the kidnappers to decide how much ransom they should demand.  Heck, for all we know, the government may even be getting a cut of the proceeds.

starblazer may perhaps be right that Organized Baseball should ban its players from playing in Venezuela, but unfortunately that won't entirely solve the problem.  For one thing, some players live in Venezuela, and it's kind of hard to tell those folks never to go home--whether they play there or not.  And even if you could do that, the kidnappers would just kidnap the players' family members instead.  I believe this happened to Bobby Abreu or someone a few years ago.

The only thing that will really change all this is having a less anti-U.S. government in Venezuela.  Unfortunately, there seems no immediate prospect of that.



Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:28 pm
 

After 36 hours, still no word on Wilson Ramos

Why not let Venezuala's wonderful leader take care of this situation. He hates USA so much. Deal with your own problems, you people elected him, now you face the consequences.


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