Volquez loses father before World Series start

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Journalists Were Right to Not Tell Edinson Volquez His Father Died Before Game 1 - 'The Herd'


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Edinson Volquez strode purposefully to the mound for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, just hours after his father died of heart failure in the Dominican Republic.

Whether or not he knew of his father's death is unclear - the team says club officials didn't tell him at his wife's request, but a family source told The Associated Press that Volquez was told on his way to the ballpark.

The right-hander with the easy smile proceeded to hold the New York Mets at bay for six gritty innings, departing with the game tied. Kansas City went on to a 5-4 victory in 14 innings, matching the longest game in World Series history.

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The Royals said that when Volquez left the game, team officials and his family told him that his 63-year-old father had died.

"It was just, you know, it was sad, a sad situation," Yost told a few reporters gathered in the clubhouse. "You find out an hour before the game that your starting pitcher's father passed away, and it was hard. But again, you wanted to honor the family's wishes, and they requested, 'Don't tell Eddie. Let him go out and pitch Game 1 of the World Series.'"

The source said a family member called Volquez on his way to the stadium to tell him of the death.

The 11-year veteran warmed up as if nothing was amiss on a misty evening in Kansas City, then marched to the mound for his World Series debut as the crowd roared.

"Volquez has always been a warrior. It affects him, but he did it for the team and he poured his heart out for us," Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura said. "He never showed it, you have to have a huge heart to not show something like that out there."

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Edinson Volquez #40 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the game with the Chicago White Sox on August 30, 2005 at Ameriquest Field in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The White Sox defeated the Rangers 8-0. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Edinson Volquez #38 of the Texas Rangers pitches the ball against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium during the game on September 25, 2006 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 16: Pitcher Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds makes a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the Grapefruit League Spring Training game on March 16, 2008 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 4: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds tosses the ball in the second inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park June 4, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 4: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 4, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Reds won 2-0. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 10: Edinson Volquez #36 (R), Damaso Marte #43, Jose Reyes #7 and Robinson Cano #24 (2R) of the Dominican Republic react after losing 2-1 against the Netherlands during the 2009 World Baseball Classic Pool D match at Hiram Bithorn Stadium March 10, 2009 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - JULY 17: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on July 17, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 07: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds looks on against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on June 7, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Edinson Volquez #37 of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait during a photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 22: Starter Edinson Volquez #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 24: John Baker #21 and Edinson Volquez #37 of the San Diego Padres celebrate the end of an inning during the interleague game against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park on June 24, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 12: Edinson Volquez #37 of the Dominican Republic pitches during a World Baseball Classic second round game against Italy at Marlins Park on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO,CA - JULY 29: Edinson Volquez #37 of the San Diego Padres leans on the dugout railing during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park on July 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Edinson Volquez #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 03: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park April 3, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 12: Gaby Sanchez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Edinson Volquez #36 after scoring on a RBI double in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers during inter-league play at PNC Park on August 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals' Edinson Volquez during a news conference to introduce the pitcher at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Volquez inked a $20 million, two-year deal. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 12: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 27: Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez #36 celebrates with his teammates as he is taken out of the game by Manager Ned Yost #3 of the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 27, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws in the second inning against the New York Mets during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
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Volquez had left the clubhouse with his family by the time reporters were allowed in after the game. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie spoke to him briefly.

"I could tell he was devastated," Guthrie said. "I had never seen him like that before. He was very subdued, very quiet. I could tell he was in a lot of emotional pain."

"Your heart goes out to Volquez and his whole, entire family," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "The way he went out there and battled for us, you hate to hear news like that. But it's another angel above watching us, behind us the whole way."

The elder Volquez, a mechanic in the Dominican Republic, introduced his son to the game when he was about 10 years old. Edinson Volquez often returned home to visit his parents, and said not long ago that they were his biggest supporters while trying to make it in the big leagues.

"Most guys didn't know. I found out, I think, in the 14th inning," Royals outfielder Alex Gordon said. "I was standing next to Ned and he told me, he said, 'Let's win this game for Volquez,' and explained what happened. I don't think he knew. I don't think most guys knew."

His first pitch to Mets leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson went for a called strike, and the right-hander went on to retire the side in the first inning. He fanned Daniel Murphy, the hottest hitter this postseason, as the crowd inside Kauffman Stadium chanted, "Eddie! Eddie!"

"It's almost superhuman," Guthrie said, "to do that when someone so important to you and someone you care about so much passes away like that."

Volquez's father became the third parent of player on the Royals' World Series roster to die in the past three months.

Connie Moustakas, the mother of third baseman Mike Moustakas, passed away on Aug. 9 after a battle with cancer. Moustakas honors her every time he steps into the batter's box by scribbling her initials in the dirt with the end of his bat.

Charles Young, the father of Chris Young, also died of cancer on Sept. 26 - the day before his son made his first start for Kansas City in two months. Young proceeded to throw five no-hit innings, honoring his father with the performance, before leaving to be with his family.

Young was scheduled to start Game 4 of the World Series in New York, but he wound up earning the win in the opener Tuesday night with three shutout innings of relief.

"I don't think I've ever been through a year where you've gone through something like that," Yost said. "I've lost my dad - my mom is still going. But I know how hard it was for Moose and how hard it was for Chris. And you see Eddie out there, just competing his butt off, and you keep thinking, 'What's coming next?' The news is coming next. It's just hard."

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: A general view of Kauffman Stadium during the singing of the National Anthem prior to Game 1 of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr pumps up the crowd before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets takes the field during player introductions before Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals dives and is forced out at first base in the third inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez singles in the second inning against the New York Mets in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals fields a ball in the fifth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets runs to third base during Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the fourth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets celebrates with David Wright #5 of the New York Mets after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets scores a run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the sixth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar celebrates after hitting an inside-the-park home run during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A Kansas City Royals fan holds up moose antlers during Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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New York Mets' Wilmer Flores is tagged out by Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer on a bunt attempt during the 11th inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals slides back to second base as Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets waits for the throw during Game 1 of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals and Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals react after Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals (not pictured) hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets slides into second base during Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The New York Mets' Juan Lagares slides under the glove of Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist to steal second in the eighth inning during Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is greeted in the dugout after hitting a game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets throws a pitch in the eleventh inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after hitting a double in the eighth inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets is greeted by Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets after scoring a run in the eighth inning after Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets (not pictured) reaches first base on an error by Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals (not pictured) during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals prepares to throw a pitch in the seventh inning against the New York Mets during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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