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
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
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
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.
Flags being lowered outside Kauffman Stadium in honor of Yordano Ventura. pic.twitter.com/Mt7XPu78ZX— Matt Evans (@MattEvansKMBC) January 22, 2017
Rest in peace, Yordano. You will be missed.