In simply horrifying news, Rafael Rojas of VivaColorado.com is reporting that Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped from his Maracay, Venezuela home. MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling tweeted that Ramos' Venezeula League team has confirmed the report.
Nationals RP Tyler Clippard also tweeted his thoughts and prayers to Ramos and his family not long after the report first surfaced.
As we get more information, we will update this post, so stay tuned to The Nats Blog for the latest...
UPDATE @ 8:19 PM: According to El Nacional (h/t @Kevin_Golstein), a Venezelan newspaper, Ramos was approached by 4 gunmen near his home and took him away. Ramos' family has contacted police in the matter, and kidnappers haven't yet contacted the family.
UPDATE @ 9:00 PM: Here are what some Nats players first thoughts on Twitter regarding the situation.:
Collin Balester (@ballystar40): Terrible news about Ramos My thoughts and Prayers go out to him and his family in this Scary situation..
Drew Storen (@DrewStoren): Extremely upsetting news about Ramo. Thoughts and prayers with him. Scary situation.
Tyler Clippard (@TylerClippard): Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ramo and his family! This is awful, I don't know what to think!
UPDATE @ 9:22 PM: In the ultimate show of class, Philadelphia Phillies CF Shane Victorino and Charlie Slowes, Voice of the Nationals, have tweeted their thoughts for Ramos. I imagine there will be no shortage of these in the coming hours.
Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino): Whoa just learned about Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos being kidnapped in Venezuela...fingers crossed he will be ok and safe
Charlie Slowes (@Charlie_Slowes): Very sad state of affairs that successful baseball players cannot be safe in their own country. Some stop going home in the off-season.
UPDATE @ 10:10 PM: More Twitter.
Denard Span (@thisisdspan): Just heard about the news of Wilson Ramos. I think we all need to pray he is safe and that he will get back to his family!
Collin Balester (@ballystar40): Keep praying for Wilson ramos is this tough time.. #prayforwilsonramos
Drew Butera (@drewbutera): #PrayForWilsonRamos
John Lannan (@JLannan31): Thoughts and prayers go out to Wilson Ramos and his family.
UPDATE @ 11:52 PM:
Jimmy Rollins (@JimmyRollins11): #prayersforWilson say.ly/CJQYnz
Francisco Cervelli (@fran_cervelli): #PrayforWilsonRamos. Vamos hacerlo todos por favor
Ginger Willingham, wife of Josh Willingham (@gjwillingham): Praying for Josh's former teammate Wilson Ramos that was kidnapped in Venezuala.
Ryan Tatusko (@RyanTatusko): We played Aragua tonight, thoughts and prayers with Ramos.
The Nats Blog would like to thank @kris1152 for retweeting some folks that I would have missed. It's much appreciated. This will be the last update until tomorrow morning, hopefully with good news. Our thoughts are with Wilson and his family, including his Washington Nationals family. We sincerely hope this resolves quickly. Until tomorrow.
@CapitolBaseball It's really touching. That's why I'm RTing all of them.
@kris1152 It's awesome, from people all over. Keep the RTs going. I'm sure it's helping lots of interested folks.