Wilson Ramos Makes Appearance at Nationals Park

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Friday, Nov 18, 2011  |  Updated 8:15 PM EDT
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After a brief media appearance at the clubhouse at Nationals Park, Wilson Ramos boarded a plane to head back to Venezuela to continue playing winter ball.

Julie Carey

After a brief media appearance at the clubhouse at Nationals Park, Wilson Ramos boarded a plane to head back to Venezuela to continue playing winter ball.

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Wilson Ramos made a brief public statement at Nationals Park on Friday.
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Wilson Ramos made a brief statement to his fans at Nationals Park on Friday.

It was the first time the Nats' standout catcher has appeared publicly back in D.C.

"Thanks to my fans for your prayers and your support," Ramos said in the Nats' clubhouse.  "I am happy to be here, and I am happy to be with my family."

Then he added, "and - see you at spring training."

Wilson Ramos was kidnapped two weeks ago from his family home outside of Valenica.  He was freed after Venezuelan police tracked the kidnappers to a remote house.  Ramos was rescued uninjured after a fierce gun battle.

Ramos' Venezuelan winter league team, Tigres de Aragua, said they would not rush the catcher back into action.  He likely will not get into a game until next week.

In his first year with Washington, Ramos impressed.  He finished fourth in the voting for National League Rookie of the Year, hitting .267, 15 home runs, and 52 RBIs.

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