MLB Catcher: 'Mama, I'm Good —They Freed Me'

Wilson Ramos is home after kidnapping
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2011 6:22 AM CST
Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos, center, talks to journalists at police headquarters in Valencia, Venezuela.   (AP Photo/Lexander Loiza)
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(Newser) – The details on his rescue are still a little thin, but Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is back home in Venezuela unharmed. "The truth is I'm still very nervous, but thanks to God everything turned out well," he told state television, according to AP. Five people were arrested after the rescue mission in the mountains of central Venezuela. Ramos said he heard heavy gunfire between his captors and police just before his 50-hour ordeal ended.

"I don't know who those people were. I know they're Colombians by their accent," he said. "Three guys grabbed me there in front of my house, they took me to another SUV and from there they took me into the mountains." Ramos said the abductors spoke little to him after putting him in a room with a bed, other than to say they planned to get a "ton of cash" for him. Before he got back home to Valencia, he was able to call his mother, notes the Washington Post. “Mama, I love you,” she said he told her. “Mama—I’m good. They freed me. They rescued me.”

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