Major League Baseball players go through distractions of varying degrees throughout the season, but I can't imagine that they get much worse than what Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba(notes) went through this week.
The tale has a happy ending, but Torrealba received news on Tuesday that his 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were abducted in Venezuela and being held for ransom. Torrealba immediately flew to Venezuela and was later greeted with news that the two had been rescued safely.
The two were abducted while driving to the boy's school along with a relative of the boy's mother, Venezuelan authorities said in a statement on Thursday.
The kidnappers demanded $466,000 in ransom, but none was paid, said Wilmer Flores Trossel, head of Venezuela's federal police.
He said police "established a circle" around the kidnappers after they seized the boy and his relatives on Tuesday morning, and the "pressure was fruitful." He didn't give details but said the abductors left the three along a highway outside Caracas on Wednesday night. No arrests have been made, but police have identified six suspects and are searching for them, Flores Trossel said.
Unfortunately, this story isn't exactly new in Venezuela. Many Major Leaguers fear that the families they leave behind will be the targets of kidnappers and former reliever Ugueth Urbina's mother spent an entire five months in abduction before being returned to her family.
As if the pressures and worries of facing big league pitching night after night weren't enough, right? Here's hoping that no other players will be forced to experience a similar situation.