Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela Wednesday afternoon, his Venezuelan Winter League team, Tigres de Aragua, has confirmed.
The situation, first reported by several Venezuelan outlets via Twitter Wednesday evening, is developing. A report in El Nacional said that Ramos was kidnapped by four gunmen near his home in Valencia and his family had not yet hear from the kidnappers. They had only contacted police. (via Washington Times, 11/9/2011)
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ramos and his family.
And a few reactions on Twitter from Ramos' teammates:
In case you thought we'd extracted every last ounce of Michael Morse in Taiwan content out of YouTube over the last week or so, see the video above, in which the MLB stars and Wags leave Taiwan as conquering heroes, high-fiving fans and saying "bye" as they make their way through the airport.
Around the :21 second mark, Ross Detwiler appears. Around the 39 second mark, Michael Morse appears. Bedlam. Think: Beatles. That's Beast Mode, y'all; no big deal.
Nationals pitcher Yunesky Maya has a sore right elbow, but the injury is not considered serious, according to a baseball source.
Maya pitched in his first game for Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican Winter League this past Friday and allowed four runs in one inning. It was during the first inning against Carolina when he started feeling pain in his elbow. In the second inning, the pain became worse after allowing two more runners to reach base, and Maya was immediately taken out of the game. (via Nationals.com, 11/7/2011)
Four runs in one inning? That would qualify as a pretty damn good inning for Yunesky Maya, wouldn't it?
We don't have much to add to the above description of Michael Morse taking batting practice wearing a "typical Taiwanese moped helmet" emblazoned with a curly W, but according to MLB.com, Morse showed up to the post-game press conference after the series finale in that very moped helmet:
"The more we're playing them, the better they're playing," said Nationals first baseman Michael Morse, who showed up for the postgame interview in a special Washington moped helmet inspired by Taiwan's favorite commuting vehicle. (via MLB.com, 11/7/2011)
(Bryce Harper and his mustache. Screen cap via MLB Network.)
The rumors are true, as confirmed by shots of Bryce Harper on MLB Network during Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game: Bryce Harper has a mustache again. Also, he has a soul patch. See also Harper's Movember campaign page.
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper hits during batting practice before a MLB spring training game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida, March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)