Tuesday was a crazy day in sports. We had the NBA lockout negotiations go 12 hours and end without resolution. We had Penn State firing Joe Paterno which sparked a riot of misguided students supporting a guy who did more to protect his program than defenseless children. On top of all that, Washington Nationals young catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Venezuela.â†µ
The story is shocking:â†µ
Wilson Ramos Kidnapped From Home In Venezuela - Baseball Nationâ†µ
According to respondent, 4 gunmen approached the grandeliga Washington Nationals near his home in the Santa Ines, capital of Carabobo, and took him away. "They are still waiting for the kidnappers contact the family," continued the insider. "At the moment the only thing they have done is to inform the police."
The kidnapping also hits close to home with Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Barry Enright currently trying to improve his stuff so he can get back to the big leagues. In four starts with Tiburones de La Guaira, Enright is 1-1 with and ERA of 6.00. He's allowed 10 earned runs in 15 innings pitched with five walks and three home runs.â†µ
Enright's status in Venezuela seems to be up in the air given the safety situation. He tweeted this after the news of the Ramos kidnapping broke:â†µ
Twitter / @BarryEnright54: Thank you everyone for you ...â†µ
Thank you everyone for your concern. Scary thing & we are all praying for Wilson. I will be home soon. #Venezuela
It's too soon to hear from the D-back on any plans they may have for bringing Enright home but it certainly sounds like that might happen.