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Wilson Ramos: Inside Kidnapped MLB Player's Rescue

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was abducted earlier this week in Venezuela, said he huddled under his bed fearing for his life as government commandos arrived to rescue him.

"I didn't know if I was coming home alive," Ramos told ESPN in an exclusive interview.

Ramos is a free man after officials found him alive and safe and rescued him in an air raid.

The commandos had flown into a remote, mountainous location of Venezuela by helicopter and then set out on foot, before surrounding a house holding Ramos.

"These were people I don't know and they kill for money... to think about this made my spirits go down and I was worried," Ramos told ESPN. "I do not wish that experience upon anyone."

When the shooting ended, at least four kidnappers and their accomplices were arrested.

Ramos was held for roughly 50 hours after being abducted from his mother's house at gunpoint.

"I have to be more careful on the streets... I will continue working hard on my career," he said.

After he was rescued, Ramos' mother was shown on television exclaiming, "Thanks to God!"

Earlier on Friday night, fans of the Washington Nationals held a candlelight vigil for Ramos outside of their stadium.

Ramos thanked his fans for their support.

"Thank you for everything and I [will] see you in spring training."

Ramos is a rising star with the Washington Nationals, whose fielding and power hitting propelled him into the role of starting catcher in only his rookie season.

In 2011 he hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 113 games. He also threw out 19 of 67 runners attempting to steal a base, a 28 percent success rate.

Ramos may be the highest profile symbol of the growing, and some say epidemic, problem of kidnapping for ransom in Venezuela. Hundreds of such abductions occur each year.

According to ESPN, since 2004 at least three major league players from Venezuela have had relatives kidnapped.

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MLB Player Kidnapped in Venezuela: Report

G Fiume/Getty Images(VALENCIA, Venezuela) -- Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela Wednesday afternoon, according to his Venezuela Winter League team, Tigres de Aragua.

Ramos' family confirmed a report from El Nacional that said the 24-year-old was kidnapped by four gunmen from his home in Valencia, according to the Washington Times. The family told the Times they had not heard from the suspects by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Ramos hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in his first full season in the majors in 2011.

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