Oct. 27, 2015 will go down as an extremely bittersweet day for Edinson Volquez. The Royals pitcher had the honor of starting Game 1 of the World Series, but shortly before the contest, reports emerged that his father had died in the Dominican Republic.
Remarkably, there were conflicting reports about whether Volquez was aware of his father’s death, even as the 32-year-old right-hander was holding the Mets hitless through the early innings. ESPN claimed that Volquez learned of the news shortly before taking the mound at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but The Post’s Barry Svrluga, among others, reported that Royals officials were saying that the pitcher had not yet been apprised.
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.