An artifact to remember
It was a poignant moment – and one that will be preserved forever in Cooperstown.
But in the wake of the tragic passing of Yordano Ventura on Sunday in his native Dominican Republic, the pitcher’s lasting tribute to fellow countryman Oscar Taveras takes on even more significance.
Taveras, one of the game’s top prospects, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Oct. 26, 2014.
Ventura, himself a rookie with the Royals in 2014, took the mound for Kansas City two nights after Taveras’ death in Game 6 of the World Series. Ventura inscribed his cap with a tribute to Taveras, then delivered a masterpiece on the mound in Game 6. He allowed just three Giants’ hits in seven innings of work, shutting out San Francisco during the Royals’ 10-0 victory.