Catcher Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals walks in the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Ramos was kidnapped by armed men on November 9, 2011 from his home in Venezuela. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wilson Ramos Rescued, Intends To Resume Playing

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was found alive and well after being abducted in Venezuela.

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Wilson Ramos Found In Venezuela

Wilson Ramos, catcher for the Washington Nationals, has been found in Venezuela after being abducted at gunpoint from his mother's home on Wednesday. From Rafael Rojas:

Wilson Ramos has appeared, per Marfa Mata, his press assistant - Developing

Most of the reports throughout the day had to do with the efforts that Venezuelan authorities were taking in the search of Ramos, but there wasn't a lot of news, positive or otherwise. His rescue or appearance, though, became official on Friday night.

VZ Information Minister tweets Ramos has been found safely by authorities at mountains at Carabobo state

Scot Drucker, a right-handed pitcher who is pitching in Venezuelan winter ball, tweeted a scene from the Tigres de Aragua game after the announcement was made:

Crowd is cheering #Wilson non stop. Game comes to a pause to a stand ovation as the #TigresDeAragua hug and thank everyone for the support

Expect the scene to come on YouTube soon and make you choke up a bit.


Wilson Ramos Kidnapped: Reaction Around Baseball

As you have likely heard by now, Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped Wednesday night in his home country of Venezuela. Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that there's no new information on his whereabouts or status at this writing, a very scary situation for his family and friends:

"We are still waiting for any news about Wilson Ramos," Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for Ramos' Venezuelan team (Tigres de Aragua) tweeted this morning. "All the authorities are working in the case."

According to Vilera, Ramos' kidnappers have not been in communication with his family or authorities.

Several of Ramos' teammates tweeted their concern.

Terrible news about Ramos My thoughts and Prayers go out to him and his family in this Scary situation..
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Extremely upsetting news about Ramo. Thoughts and prayers with him. Scary situation.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ramo and his family! This is awful, I don't know what to think!
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There's reaction from others around baseball and the sports world from Jim Iovino at NBC Washington.

Perhaps the best perspective on this can be provided by Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, also a native of Venezuela. He tweeted several times about it; I don't read Spanish very well so I ran the tweets through Google Translate, which gives rough translations. I won't post those here, but the gist of them was that Guillen said that men like him, who are natives of Venezuela, want to be there to help, but it becomes more difficult every day with no peace nor security, and elections are coming up soon. Here's Ozzie's Twitter feed, in case you speak Spanish and want his words in the original Spanish.

Stay with this StoryStream for updated information and for reaction from Nationals fans, please visit Federal Baseball.

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