KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The father of Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, shortly before his son took the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Mets.
Danio Volquez, 63, died from heart failure, the Associated Press reported.
There were conflicting reports on when his son was informed of his death. Some said Edinson had been told before the game. Fox Sports first mentioned it in the eighth inning and said it was told by Royals officials that Volquez was not aware of his father's death. Broadcaster Joe Buck said Volquez's wife requested that the team wait until after he was out of the game to tell him.
The elder Volquez, a mechanic in the Dominican Republic, introduced his son to the game when he was about 10. Edinson often returned home to visit his parents and said they were his biggest supporters while trying to make it in the big leagues.
The 11-year veteran warmed up as if nothing was amiss, then marched stoically to the mound to start the game as the crowd roared. His first pitch to Mets leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson went for a called strike, and the right-hander went on to retire the side.