/As Edinson Volquez Battled, Royals Faced a Tough Situation

As Edinson Volquez Battled, Royals Faced a Tough Situation

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Edinson Volquez pitched six innings Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series. After his outing, he was informed that his father had died hours earlier.

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Christopher Smith for The New York Times

Edinson Volquez of the Kansas City Royals realized every pitcher’s boyhood dream on Tuesday night by starting the opening game of a World Series. In six grinding innings, he held the Mets to three runs, then left the game to receive backslaps, attaboys — and, apparently, the news that his father had died earlier in the day.

At the request of his family, the Royals management and the Fox broadcasting network withheld the upsetting information until Volquez, 32, had thrown his last pitch of perhaps the biggest night of his 10-year major league career. He was then led by his wife and a Royals executive to a clubhouse office and told that his father, Daniel, 63, had died of a heart ailment hours earlier in the Dominican Republic.

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