In the first home game of the 2017 season, the Kansas City Royals were ready to honor former pitcher Yordano Ventura with his family in attendance.
First baseman Eric Hosmer joined the Royals organization in 2008, the same year Ventura signed with Kansas City as an worldwide free agent.
Royals players carried a black "ACE 30" banner out behind the mound during the ceremony, to match the patch on each player's right jersey sleeve. The fiery pitcher, an important part of two pennant-winning rotations, died in a January vehicle crash in his native Dominican Republic.
On a sun-splashed opening day in Kansas City, erstwhile feelings of joy and excitement were met by a profound sense of melancholy.
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Oakland Athletics' Ryan Madson returns to dugout after getting third put of 8th inning during 4-2 win over Anaheim Angels during A's home opener at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 3, 2017. And in the other lockers, there are framed pictures of Ventura with each of his respective teammates - reminders impossible for them to miss. His mother, Marisol Hernandez, threw out the ceremonial first pitch after a saxophonist standing on the mound played a rendition of "Amazing Grace". "This is not easy because everybody is reminded of Yordano". Hosmer said of Ventura, "There is no place that felt more like home, than being on that mound in front of all of you guys". We just have to play for him. "It makes you realize how lucky you are and not to take anything for granted, because it can all be taken away".
The Royals are off on Tuesday and face the A's on Wednesday for game two of the three game series.
The Menchville High School graduate scattered two hits in seven innings while striking out six as he earned the victory for Oakland vs. the Royals Monday. It's the only thing that's going to heal things, is time'.