The baseball world is still reeling after the stunning death early Sunday morning of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. Ventura brought an infectious energy to the baseball diamond, wearing his emotions on his sleeve for better and for worse. But to many, particularly on the Royals, he was like a brother, and they responded to the death of their brother with sorrow and memories.
Danny Duffy: "Hard to believe. I don't want to believe it. Senseless. I loved him. We gotta be strong for each other and his family."— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 22, 2017
I love you Ace. I don't know what to say other then I'm going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.— Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) January 22, 2017
How can I even begin to explain how much I cared about you? You were like a little brother to me. You were a tough one to deal with but with your love and smile you could always make everything ok. We would have long conversations about life, about how much we wanted to be great in all aspects of life. I knew the struggle you had to overcome to get to where you were and I could always see it in your eyes that you wanted more. I knew your secrets and I knew your strengths. I knew anytime you needed a teammate to help you with something, that teammate would be me. I'm so happy to be able to say I knew you. I'm gonna miss you more than you know. I know at times you were tough but I knew u were just misunderstood. Love you bro and you will forever have a special place in my heart.
My thoughts & prayers were immediately directed to my beloved Royals family who will confront this tragic loss together. And I cannot imagine the sadness & pain that Yordano's immediate family & friends must be experiencing. Yordano "Ace" Ventura was a young & vibrant kid. He had the world at his fingertips & lived life to its fullest. He was always smiling & always messing w/ the boys. On the field he was a fiery competitor, someone willing to stand up to any challenge & overcome. It was a reflection of the life he lived while growing up in his native Dominican Republic. His spirit will live on, his impact will last, his memory will endure forever. #RIPAce
Gone way to soon. You will forever be my brother. My prayers are with you and your family. May you rest with the Lord now. #ripACE pic.twitter.com/IMa7jJw7dv— Drew Butera (@drewbutera) January 22, 2017
I'm at a loss of words today.. Very sad day in the baseball community. You'll be missed Ace.— Hunter Dozier (@dozier_08) January 22, 2017
Until we meet again. Rest easy coñao. #RIPace https://t.co/F9pUdbEoRl— Whit Merrifield (@WhitMerrifield) January 22, 2017
When you scroll down and your whole newsfeed is talking about your brother. The impact the energy you brought to our team. #GoneTooSoon #ACE— Terrance Gore (@TGO7E) January 22, 2017
I was hoping I was dreaming. RIP @YordanoVentura . Truly sad day. #Royals #AceVentura https://t.co/2z1t2ru13v— Rex Hudler (@TheRealUncleHud) January 22, 2017
Others around baseball shared their grief as well.
Simply tragic news. Thoughts and prayers go out for Yordano's and Marte's families, Royals fans, and the entire baseball community.— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) January 22, 2017
Tragedy has no bias, people. Please, please be safe out there. Condolences to the Ventura family. #RIP Yordano, loved watching you throw— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) January 22, 2017
RIP Yordano Ventura. Damn. Just horrible.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 22, 2017
My thoughts are with @YordanoVentura family and the @Royals today. A very talented teammate and gone way to soon. RIP— Billy Butler (@BillRayButler) January 22, 2017
Mis condolencias a las familias Marte y Ventura.— Johnny Cueto (@JohnnyCueto) January 22, 2017
What terrible news this morning! RIP Yordano. This kid was so talented and was only scratching the surface. Condolences to his family.— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) January 22, 2017
Devastated by the news of Yordano Ventura's passing. Loved that kid. So fun, young, and full of life. Too young. Prayers for his family.— Raúl Ibañez (@RaulIbanezMLB) January 22, 2017
Miguel Cabrera tweets "I can't believe it. Two friends in one day."
No puedo creerlo dos amigos en un solo día https://t.co/c8Plal03dN— Miguel Cabrera (@MiguelCabrera) January 22, 2017
And Royals fans poured out their hearts and showed their love for Yordano.
@610SportsKC royals become part of your life for 6+ months each year and make you forget troubles in your life. This hurts. #RipAce— Drake Niederhauser (@dniederhauser1) January 22, 2017
Another small fan brings flowers to a growing memorial outside Kauffman Stadium honoring @Royals Ace Yordano Ventura. @MLB #RIPAce pic.twitter.com/hJ146nVBKB— Jeff Roberts (@ENGPHOTO) January 22, 2017
A young @Royals fan and her dad drop off flowers outside #Kauffman Stadium in remembrance of Yordano Ventura #RIPAce #ForeverRoyal @MLB pic.twitter.com/tNtUP5MjlF— Jeff Roberts (@ENGPHOTO) January 22, 2017
Flags being lowered outside Kauffman Stadium in honor of Yordano Ventura. pic.twitter.com/Mt7XPu78ZX— Matt Evans (@MattEvansKMBC) January 22, 2017
Austin Hall (@Austin_92_Hall) a lifelong #Royals fan beautifully explains what compelled him to rush to the K today. #YordanoVentura pic.twitter.com/4LGM2vztPk— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) January 22, 2017
Rest in peace, Yordano. You will be missed.