“That stuff is pretty scary,” Rojas said Thursday, “because all my family is there.”
Rojas has seen the videos. He said his wife is fine, and she’s planning to fly out tomorrow morning.
“She told me in the afternoon is when things start getting bad,” Rojas said. “At night is when the motorcycles go out because they (the citizens) can’t recognize them.”
As much as anything, Rojas is frustrated by his own feelings of helplessness. At a time when independent news outlets have been muffled by the Venezuelan government, Twitter is soaring in popularity as a medium for protest. The government is trying to block images posted to Twitter from within the country.
Rojas isn’t on Twitter, but he has a message for his countrymen.
“I want to get my word to every Venezuelan guy in the street to keep doing that,” he said. “Make us feel like we can be proud of them, that everything’s going to end in a good way. I send my thanks to them because I can’t do anything right now.”
• Baseball America’s top 100 prospect rankings are in. Joc Pederson (34), Corey Seager (37), Julio Urias (51) and Zach Lee (95) all made the list. DodgersDigest.com created a composite ranking of the Dodgers’ Top 100 prospects.
• MLB Network is televising more than 200 games this spring, including 20 Dodgers games. All of the Dodgers games will be blacked out locally.
• Via BeyondTheBoxScore.com, data suggests around 80 percent of stolen bases don’t directly lead to a run being scored.
• The two men suspected of beating Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot pleaded guilty to assault charges today.
• The Phillies reported one of their own 2013 draft picks to the NCAA for committing a rules violation by consulting an agent.
• The Cuban baseball player who came charging out of the dugout, swinging a bat, has been suspended for one year.
• Triple your pleasure today. “Where Do You Go To My Lovely?” is a song about a girl from Naples who moves to Paris, and was originally written and performed by Peter Sarstedt, a Briton:
It was later covered by Right Said Fred (who are famous for the song “Too Sexy”):
Right Said Fred got its name from this song, which was a hit in the UK 1962: