Edinson Volquez: “Royals starter” loses father hours before World Series start

Edinson Volquez: Royals starter loses father hours before World Series start

Edinson Volquez has pitched six innings of Game One of the World Series on Tuesday only hours after the death of his father.

There was no word on the cause of death, though the 63-year-old Volquez had been dealing with heart disease. It was the elder Volquez who introduced his son to the game.

Edinson Volquez, an 11-year veteran, took the mound as scheduled for his World Series debut. 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 struck out Daniel Murphy, the hottest hitter this postseason, as the crowd inside Kauffman Stadium chanted, “Eddie! Eddie!”

Volquez’s father is the third parent of a Royals player 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, died of cancer on Sept. 26 – the day before his son made his first start for Kansas City in two months. Chris Young responded by throwing five no-hit innings before leaving the game to be with his family.

Young is scheduled to start Game 4 of the World Series in New York.