Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez took the mound in his first World Series game on Tuesday night just hours after his father died.
It’s unclear whether the 32-year-old righty knew about his father before the game, but his wife reportedly told the team not to tell him about it until after he pitched Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
Volquez was taken out of the game in the sixth inning, at which point he was purportedly informed of the death, according to the Royals. He then left the stadium with his wife. Announcer Joe Buck informed viewers of the death in the eighth inning.
A source told ESPN that Volquez heard the news on the way to Kauffman Stadium for the game against the New York Mets.
However, The New York Times and the Today show reported that Volquez’s wife, Roandy, told the team about the death, but asked them to not tell the pitcher as he went into the biggest game of his life. The Royals then reportedly asked Fox announcers to keep the news quiet during the telecast as well, so Volquez would not accidentally hear while he was in the clubhouse.
Daniel Volquez, 63, died of complications from heart disease, a family source told ESPN.
It was an exciting first game of the World Series, going for 14 innings before the Royals ultimately defeated the Mets.
In the fourth inning, the national feed of the Fox broadcast went down across the nation, causing viewers to miss one at-bat before the game was stopped as broadcasters scrambled to find a solution. Eventually, Fox was forced to pick up the MLB International feed.
In a statement, Fox said “a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power.”
Game 2 of the World Series is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Wednesday.