The Fox telecast did not initially mention the situation regarding Volquez’s father, out of concern that, if the pitcher indeed did not know, the network didn’t want to be responsible for him finding out during the game.
It is astonishing to imagine that the news of Volquez’s father’s death was being widely discussed and shared on social media, and yet the pitcher himself, while being watched by millions of people, did not know of it, and yet that appeared to have been the case. Before the eighth inning began, Fox finally reported on the situation at the ballpark, claiming that Volquez’s wife had requested that he not be informed until he was done pitching.
A source told ESPN that Volquez’s 63-year-old father had died of heart complications. The media company noted that another Royals pitcher slated to start Game 4, Chris Young, had lost his father in September. In addition, the mother of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas died in August.