Dedicating his Game 6 World Series start to the late Oscar Taveras, Yordana Ventura inscribed the initials, name and number of the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who recently lost his life on his hat, glove and cleats.
Oscar Taveras, 22, and girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, died in a car accident Sunday (Oct. 26) in the Dominican Republic. The two players became close friends while they were playing in the Double-A Texas League together.
Ventura threw seven shutout innings and only gave up three hits in a 10-0 win for the Kansas City Royals.
After the game Ventura draped himself in the Dominican Republic flag and told reporters when asked about the Taveras tribute, “If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me and very proud. Oscar was a very humble guy and very likeable, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”
— Marino Pepén (@Marino_Pepen) October 29, 2014