Edinson Volquez's father died hours before Volquez was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the World Series
The Royals said the team found out about the death before the game but did not tell Volquez at family's request
Volquez has left the team to go home to the Dominican Republic; it's unclear when he will return
Game 1 of the World Series had a little bit of everything. There was a rare inside-the-park home run. Viewers watching the broadcast on Fox lost the game when Fox’s production trucks lost power. Fans were treated to extra innings and the second-longest Fall Classic game ever.
But there was also a tragic loss.
Daniel Volquez, the father of Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, died Tuesday, just hours before Edinson was scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets, a game the Royals won 5-4.
Daniel Volquez was 63 and died in the Dominican Republic from complications of a heart condition, MLB.com reported.
There are conflicting reports about when the pitcher learned of his father’s death, and whether he knew before the game.