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Kansas City Royals Pitcher Edinson Volquez Opens Up About Losing Father During World Series

No one could imagine that winning the 2015 World Series would be bittersweet as it was for Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez.
 
Volquez learned of his father’s death moments after pitching game 1 versus the New York Mets. While his teammates were celebrating their first victory of the World Series, Volquez was dealing with the loss of the man who helped him become a pelotero. “I remember he bought me my first glove and my first spikes, brought me to the field. He knew that’s what I wanted to be. I want to be a baseball player. And he gave me a lot of support,” said Volquez to The New York Times.
 
Some questioned whether Volquez should have been notified of his father’s death before he played in game 1. But Volquez maintains it was the right decision. Volquez told The New York Times: “I don’t think I am going to be able to pitch that day if I find out before the game.”
 
Volquez attended his father’s funeral in the Dominican Republic during a quick three-day trip before returning to pitch game 5 of the series. And in spite of the overwhelming pain, he, along with his team, won their first World Series in 30 years. He said the victory was more than bittersweet. “It’s painful,” he told The Kansas City Star. “But at the same time, we won the World Series, and we’ve got to enjoy the moment.”
 
Volquez, who honored his father by drawing his initials on the mound during game 5, said he wasn’t alone. “I feel like he was right behind me,” said Volquez adding, “You feel a lot of energy coming from the dirt, from the grass, all the way to your head.”
 
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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation

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Boston Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Suffering From Covid-Related Heart Inflammation

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There is still a lot that we do not know about Covid-19 and the longterm effects of the virus. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is learning the hard way how the virus attacks the body after a patient is “cured.”

The baseball world was excited to welcome Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez back.

As the MLB keeps pushing to salvage their Covid-postponed season restart, the virus has shown itself in a different way. After half of the Miami Marlins team tested positive for the virus, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox is suffering from health issues because of Covid.

Rodriguez is suffering from myocarditis, a heart condition.

The baseball player is suffering from a heart condition that is directly tied to his Covid-19 illness. While Rodriguez survived Covid-19, the heart condition is proof that there is so much more to know about what this virus does. Despite overcoming Covid, Rodriguez is still suffering from the effects of this unknown virus.

The lingering health effect is a reminder of the importance of not contracting the virus.

“That’s the most important part of your body,” Rodriguez told WEEI. “The first time I hear, I was kind of scared a little. Now that I know what it is, I’m still scared, but now I know exactly what it is. I just talk to my mom, talk to my wife, let them know what I have, and now I’ve got to take the rest.”

There is more to Covid-19 than the immediate death and recovery rates.

Health experts and doctors have been warning people about the unknown effects of Covid-19. Rodriguez’s ongoing battle with Covid-19 is a hard reminder that not even the most in shape and athletic people are immune from the devastating effects of the virus. Be safe. Be careful.

READ: Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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An outbreak of Covid among MLB players and coaches has postponed the highly anticipated and very hyped return of the season. It took less than a week since the sport came back for there to be a viral outbreak within the league.

The Miami Marlins are dealing with a Covid outbreak within the team before their opening games.

Half of the players for the Miami Marlins are positive for Covid-19 before the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins’ season has been paused through the weekend and the lineup was changed up to make sure the season can continue.

“Obviously, we don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday night on the MLB Network. “But I don’t see it as a nightmare.” He continued: “We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”

Phillies Outfielder Andrew McCutchen took to Twitter to vent his frustration about MLB communication.

Apparently, McCutchen didn’t know that the Phillies game against the New York Yankees Tuesday was canceled until getting on Twitter. The weekend schedule was thrown into turmoil after news broke about the outbreak on the Miami Marlins. The outbreak comes as some have criticized the MLB for not trying a bubble conference, like the NBA and NHL.

Other teams in the league are showing their own discomfort with the current situation.

The Nationals were supposed to play in Miami this weekend but the surge in Covid cases in Florida put an end to that. The Washington Nationals voted to postpone and the MLB followed their lead and canceled that series.

In a statement by the MLB, the Miami Marlins are the only confirmed team to have a Covid outbreak. The league recently conducted 6,400 tests among players and coaches and haven’t found other outbreaks on the remaining 29 teams.

READ: This MLB Team Just Swore In 15 New American Citizens And Our Hearts Are Overflowing With Emotion

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