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Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:43 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 11:51 am
Wilson Ramos

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is "safe and sound" after being kidnapped on Wednesday, Venezuelan justice minister Tareck El Aissami said on state television Friday night.

Information director Andres Izarra said Wilson was found in the mountain region where he was the result of a "rescue operation by air." Five people were reportedly detained.

Ramos briefly talked with media, with hsi remarks broadcast on Venezuelan television, the Associated Press reports.

"They didn't physically harm me, but psychologically I underwent very great harm," Ramos said.

Wilson also described what happened in the kidnapping near his home.

"I don't know who those people were. I know they're Colombians by their accent," Ramos said. "Three guys grabbed me there in front of my house, they took me to another SUV and from there they took me into the mountains," in central Carabobo state.

Wilson said the kidnappers didn't say much to him -- "They simply told me to cooperate, that they were going to ask for a ton of cash for me."

"They put me in a room with a bed. I was lying there," he said. "It was hard for me to think about, if I was going to get out alive first of all ... about how my family, my mother were."

The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore tweets that Ramos spoke to his relatives on the phone and his mother, Maria Campos, said he told her, "Mama, I'm fine. Mama I'm, good. The freed me. They rescued me. ... I love you."

Ramos' friend and public relations agent Marfa Mata first tweeted Friday night that Ramos had "appeared." Mata told Venezuelan journalist Rafael Rojas that the Internal Affairs Minister called the Ramos family and told them that they'd gotten Ramos (via Twitter).

Wilson's teammate with Tigres de Aragua, Scot Drucker, tweeted that it was announced during Friday's game that Ramos had been found and was greeted by cheers. The news was announced at all of the games in Venezula on Friday.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement released Saturday mornign that he'd spoken with Ramos.

"I am happy to announce that I have spoken directly with Wilson and he assures me he is unharmed but eager to be reunited with his family," Rizzo said. "He asked me to thank all who played a role in his rescue, and all those who kept him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. I join Wilson in thanking the many law enforcement officials in Venezuela and investigators with Major League Baseball who worked tirelessly to ensure a positive ending to what has been a frightening ordeal. The only detail that concerns us tonight is that Wilson is safe. The entire Washington Nationals family is thankful that Wilson Ramos is coming home." 

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Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:39 pm

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

Thank God he was safely returned. Baseball player or not.  I hope he and all other players in countries where this type of business is considered routine are safe.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:01 am
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:33 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

Who cares what they paid? The man is back home to enjoy another day with his family, that's all that matters.

Also, how is this not the top headline? A man who could have died doesn't top a story about free agency? What's going on with the world.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:11 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

Although this Philly fan is most likely absolutely correct, can anyone else detect the air of disappointment in his comment, disappointment that a same division team got their player back?!

Philly fans!!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:06 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

  This is great news for the family, and hopefully this was an isolated incident.  I would be a little surprised if it was.  I have no idea what the MLB association can do to protect these guys, but I'm sure they are looking in to it.  I'm sure they have no legal right in any foreign country, so this would be tough.  Outside of baseball players in some of these countries, most of the rich are "organized" and untouchable.  The players make easy pray for kidnappers looking for ransom money.  This has to be looked in to, but how?  Good luck MLB, but I hope you try!

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:50 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

This is good news and I am relieved for Wilson and his family...

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:28 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

I believe that the family of Wilson Ramos paid a ransom to the kidnappers and that's way Ramos was freed and not harmed but what every the case could be at least Ramos is back home with his family and safe and Thank God about that.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:09 am

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

Information director Andres Izarra said Wilson was found in the mountain region where he was the result of a "rescue operation by air."

Probable translation: The ranson was paid, the kidnappers placed him somewhere in the "mountain region" as arranged, and a helicopter came and picked him up.

Think the amount of the ransom will ever be made public? 

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:52 pm

Wilson Ramos 'safe and sound'

My money is on Ramos playing in the Arizona Fall League next winter...

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:28 pm

Wilson Ramos found safe in Venezuela

Thank the good Lord he has been found safe. Now, he needs to move himself and his family out of Venezuela.

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