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Wilson Ramos found safely

Nov 11, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

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Rafael Rojas of the Meridiano newspaper in Venezuela just tweeted that Wilson Ramos has been found safely:

Internal Affairs Minister called Ramos family and told them they got him … VZ Information Minister tweets Ramos has been found safely by authorities at mountains at Carabobo state ..

Rojas says that Ramos’ recovery was announced on the PA System at Winter League games in progress and that the crowds went wild.

This is fantastic way to end what has been an awful week.  We’ll obviously pass along the details as they come available.  This report from NBC Sports.com will be updated as the evening progresses.

Whew.

UPDATE: Ramos’ teammate, Scott Drucker, tweets that Ramos is in Caracas now, getting medical attention.  He also passes along the ecstatic response of the Venezuelan crowds when the announcement was made.

UPDATE II: More details are beginning to pour in. Rafael Rojas reports that the internal affairs minister just said there are three detainees, so it looks like this was a rescue operation.

UPDATE III: Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Ramos has told his family that he is “healthy and well,” according to close family friend Marfa Mata.

UPDATE IV: Via Zuckerman, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has released a statement:

“The news from Venezuela tonight is reassuring. Though details are limited and we have not yet talked directly with Wilson, we are thrilled with reports that he has been rescued and is being safely returned to his family. We greatly appreciate all the prayers and thoughts of all who have joined us in wishing for this conclusion to what has been a nightmarish 48 hours. We are eager to see Wilson and let him know just how many all over the world have been waiting for this news.”

UPDATE V: Via Kathe Vilera on Twitter, here’s a photo of Ramos, who she describes as “healthy and safe.”

  1. dondada10 - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Thank God.

    • phightingphish - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:24 PM

      or the authorities?

      • trbowman - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:57 PM

        Yeah. You know, the authorities, who actually had something to do with him being found

      • firedude7160 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:05 PM

        or both…

      • The Common Man - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:25 AM

        Let’s just thank anyone and everyone who had anything to do with it, be they mortal or deity. I’m incredibly happy for Wilson Ramos and his family.

  2. danielcp0303 - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Glad he’s ok. Terrible that this happens a lot.

  3. mvpolamalu - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Great news
    But that was a weird saga. Two days of hearing nothing, and suddently hes found

    • 78mu - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      I wondered if some people in law enforcement were involved in the kidnapping.

    • yankeesgameday - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:46 AM

      That’s the point of our hearing nothing. Their government kept quiet about what they were doing so the kidnappers didn’t see the rescue coming. It’s what they were supposed to do and good for them.

      Can’t say how happy I am he’s safe. And he looks like a cross between vin diesel and Bruce Willis in that bullet proof vest.

  4. frankvzappa - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Our international nightmare is over. Hopefully they got the douche bags that kidnapped him too.

  5. paperlions - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    WTF? Is one of the kidnappers a reader on HBT?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

      Paper,
      I don’t understand your comment. It is probably just me because it is late and I am tired. Furthermore, this Papelbon thing has exhausted me. Will you please elaborate on what you meant?

      • danielcp0303 - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        I think he means the 1 thumb down on every comment

      • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        DRmonkey – can’t say exactly why but I loved your comment – must have been the combination of humor and honesty.

    • paperlions - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      There is a thumb down vote for comments like “glad he was found” and “great news”. Who doesn’t think the guying being found is great news?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 11, 2011 at 10:59 PM

        Thanks….I’ve come to tune out the thumbs up/down feature so I didn’t notice. Yeah, he would thumb down a statement like that. Some people are just contrary or miserable pricks…take your pick.

  6. presidentmiraflores - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Thank goodness he was found alive.

    Unlike the Lindbergh baby.
    Different culture = different values

    • cur68 - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      We need that irony font real bad, pres.

      • presidentmiraflores - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:44 AM

        It would seem so, cur.

    • paul621 - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      I light of that culture/values talk in the original thread, I find it somewhat humorous that the kidnappers are now thought to be Colombian, not Venezuelan. We weren’t even insulting the right culture!

      • Kevin S. - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        Doesn’t matter, all those cultures down there are the same. And that’s why we should reserve our gane for corn-fed All-American white boys, the way the founders intended it to be played.

        /bicepts’d

      • presidentmiraflores - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        Good point, Kevin. I believe that was covered in Federalist #10, if memory serves me correctly.

  7. phillyphreak - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Whew. Good news finally.

  8. mondzy805 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Great news.

  9. cur68 - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Glad to see this! Hopefully he’s been well treated. Lad’s gonna to have the BEST pre-season stories come spring.

  10. mgflolox - Nov 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    On a purely human level this obviously fantastic news. For all of us baseball fans, it’s great news because this kid has a hell of a lot of promise as a player. I’m looking forward to seeing how good of a player he develops into.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 12, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Let’s see opposing pitchers just try to intimidate this guy now!

    “You can throw 98 up and in? I was KIDNAPPED AT GUNPOINT!”

    1st base awarded automatically…

  12. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    Glad to see the guy is OK. And Craig, he was found safe, not “safely.” Adjective, not adverb. Smack!

    • paperlions - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Technically, he could have been found both safe (his state) and safely (the method used to find/rescue him)….just sayin’.

  13. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Awesome News! Thank God for providing officers who could safely rescue him!

  14. nesuperfan - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    What a sad ending to the story: 5 abductors captured (from the companion story). Too bad they were not all shot.

    The penalty for kidnapping for profit should be death.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM

      Yeah, how terrible that the kidnappers were captured alive, allowing the authorities to interrogate them and find out if they had any accomplices, how they knew when to grab Ramos, or whether anybody else is being targeted. Wouldn’t want any of that to get in the way of our bloodlust.

      • nesuperfan - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        Valid point: Shoot 4, leave the most talkative one alive.

  15. Jonny 5 - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    This is AWESOME news. Just awesome.

  16. bfirestone1969 - Nov 12, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Very glad he’s OK. A very happy ending to a potentially tragic story. Baseball has to do something though about letting Latin American players return home during the off-season. Every year there seems to be another incident of some type, as these players are rich and famous and have targets on their back for extortion and kidnapping, There is rampant lawlessness in many places and from an economic POV, clubs have to protect their investments in these players. And good luck now to MLB teams trying to purchase kidnapping insurance if they have Venezuelan or Central American players on their rosters.

    Flip side is that many of these players go home to play winter ball.

  17. badmamainphilliesjamas - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Great news!

  18. j0esixpack - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Great news!

    I notice they don’t bother kidnapping NBA players. Given the reaction to the lockout I guess they figure no one would notice or care.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 12, 2011 at 9:44 AM

      No, NBA players just have their homes invaded, their property stolen, and their families bound, gagged, and murdered right here in the good ole U.S. of A.

  19. bostonbruinsfan33 - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    As a baseball fan and caring person, I’m really glad he was found safe and he seems to be OK. I hope we’ll be able to see him play in a game real soon and develops into a good catcher and baseball player in general.

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