November 10th, 2011
As reported by ESPN, and countless other news outlets, Washington Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.
As I wrote about on the Insider Blog on Tuesday, the following Rangers’ farm-hands are currently playing in the Venezuelan Winter League: Wilfredo Boscan, RHP (Zulia); Joey Butler, OF (Magallanes); Joseph Ortiz, LHP (La Guaira); Renny Osuna, INF (La Guaira); Guilder Rodriguez, INF (Lara); and Tanner Scheppers, RHP (Magallanes).
One other player currently participating in the Venezuelan Winter League is none other than former RoughRider, Ryan Tatusko. Tusk is one of my all-time favorite ‘Riders because he really is the best of both worlds: a great player and a great person. It was a sad day when we and fellow RoughRider Tanner Roark were traded in 2010 to (ironically) the Washington Nationals in exchange for Cristian Guzman.
Ryan keeps a great blog about life in the minors and appropriately wrote about the recent events in Venezuela:
“I hope that I can clear some things up for people and shed some light about what [Venezuela] is like off the field. I am only speaking from a vantage point being with the Margarita Bravos and what it is like for us on Margarita Island and traveling to the mainland when we have to go on the “road.”
“As far as what has transpired in Valencia, we play Aragua all the time during the year, and I have nothing but positive things to say about the city, stadium, and its fans. I have flown into Valencia to play in the minor league game when I was strengthening my arm for starts and I loved the airport as well. Whatever that is transpiring in Valencia is an extreme, isolated incident. I pray for [Wilson Ramos] and for his family, although I have never met him we are all family in this game, especially in the Nationals organization.”
To read the rest of Ryan’s great blog post, click here.