Just hours after his father had passed away, Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez started Game 1 of the World Series. However, while the news had spread around the Internet, Volquez himself was kept in the dark in accordance with his family’s wishes. That’s a hell of a thing.
After the game, Sam Miller wrote a beautiful piece on baseball and loss.
Baseball is awful because we would even expect Edinson Volquez to pitch on a day like that day, and it’s salvation because what would any of us want to do more for our fathers than pitch Game One of the World Series?
I don’t know if Volquez should have been told the news prior to his start, or if his family was right to withhold the information. Surely they know the man better than anyone else. One thing I’m pretty damn sure about is that Daniel Volquez would have been incredibly, immeasurably proud of his son’s effort on Tuesday night.