CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The ripple effect of violent political unrest in Venezuela is being felt in the Phillies' clubhouse at Bright House Field. The Phils have several Venezuelan natives in camp and, naturally, they are thinking about their family and friends back home.
"I know they're going through a tough situation. You don't want to see that. Sometimes you hear the news and you don't know if it's one of your friends or your family [who was involved]," said outfielder Bobby Abreu. "It's tough sometimes to talk about what's happening right now. It's a tough situation there right now. I don't want to talk too much about it."
Utility man Freddy Galvis tweeted some thoughts on the situation and then his father was confronted when he went to the store.
"Everything is happening. People are killing each other," he said. "My hometown was always quiet. We don't see that kind of stuff. But right now people are fighting and that kind of stuff. So I'm a little bit concerned.
"A few days ago, my father went downtown to go shopping and some people almost got in a fight with him because I said something on Twitter. It's crazy, man. People fighting each other. I just hope everything can get back like old times."
Galvis said he can avoid being distracted while he's at work.
"I come into the clubhouse, I put my mind on the game and that's it," he said. "But when I go home and I watch it on TV, yeah, then I'm thinking of my family. But when I come to the stadium, my mind's on baseball."
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less