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Must-Click Link: “They took Pipo! They took Pipo!”

Feb 6, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

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In Sports Illusdtated, Thomas Lake and Melisa Segura have an in-depth story about the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos last November.

It’s fascinating simply as a straight-forward telling of the story of how Ramos was kidnapped, the conditions he faced in captivity and how he was freed.  But it’s also fascinating in relaying how many Venezuelans don’t believe the official account of the government and of Ramos.  Rather, conspiracy theories have cropped up about almost every aspect of it, ranging from the reasons Ramos was in a position to be kidnapped — some think he was chasing a girl — to how he was freed — some think that, rather than a firefight in the mountains, Miguel Cabrera paid the ransom.

It’s a great story that reads like a mystery. Highly recommended.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    They don’t trust the official government version? Who could imagine such a thing?

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      If there’s on major consistency across all ideologies is that Goverments Lie. Although in this case I don’t have reason to disbelieve the general outline of the events, but I’m not surprised at all, that as amateurish as the kidnappers had appeared, they have apparently escaped and they’ve either rounded up only people indirectly involved, patsies, or innocent people who happened to be nearby.

      Heck, just about any version is believable because in that country many insane things happen everyday.

      • Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        And from what I’ve been reading, it’s getting worse. When Chavez’ cancer finally catches up with him it’s going to be very rough going down there – I hate to say it but I foresee terrible violence and upheaval. He’s left in place nothing but competing centers of authoritarianism versus a very disorganized opposition. And there are guns all over the place.The worst part of it is, it’ll be a tempting scenario for the US to get itself involved on the premise that we have to protect the oil supply and, of course, blunt Chinese influence in the region. What a mess.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        The Chinese are actually already heavily entrenched in Venezuela, it’s too late to blunt anything.

  2. hoopmatch - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Sports Illusdtated?

    • spindervish - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      They don’t believe in proofreading. Apparently getting the little things right is for squares.

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