Follow Up of the Day: Abducted Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued yesterday by Venezuelan forces after being held captive by gunmen for over 50 hours.
“The truth is I’m still very nervous, but thanks to God everything turned out well,” Ramos told local media.
According to the country’s communications minister, Andres Izarra, Ramos was located in Montalban, a town in the state of Carabobo, some 40 miles northwest of his home in Valencia where he was kidnapped by three armed assailants.
Five men were arrested in connection with the abduction. Among them, a Colombian “linked to paramilitary groups and to kidnapping groups.” Ramos confirmed that some of the men were Colombian, identifying them by their accent.
“They simply told me to cooperate, that they were going to ask for a ton of cash for me,” he recounted. “They put me in a room with a bed. I was lying there. 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.”
He noted that he was severely shaken by the incident, but did not experience physical harm.
As for his return to baseball: “As soon as I feel all right, I’m going to start playing.”
[wapo / cbssports / photo: getty via tmz.]
Thank God. This really freaked me out.