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Dominican Players Pay Tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte at World Baseball Classic (Pic)
Tragedy struck the world of sports on January 22 when Yordano Ventura, 25, and Andy Marte 33, were killed in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic. And while everyone in baseball has mourned this tremendous loss, it has certanily been felt most keenly in the close-knit Dominican baseball community, where it seems everybody knows and is friends with everybody.
On Thursday, the Dominican Republic played their first game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. In a move that came as a surprise to absolutely no one, the team paid tribute to Ventura and Marte, their fallen countrymen, by hanging jerseys with their names on them in the dugout.
— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) March 9, 2017
According to CBS Sports, the jerseys will hang in the Dominican Republic dugout for the duration of the tournament.
The Dominican Republic won the 2013 WBC and are considered serious contenders this year as well. On Thursday they defeated Canada 9-2 at Marlins Park on Thursday to open play in Group C.
Yordano Ventura, a starting pitcher born in Samana, Dominican Republic, made his MLB debut with the Royals in 2013 and helped them win their first World Series in 30 years back in 2015.
Andy Marte, a third baseman born in Villa Tapia, Dominican Republic, played seven seasons in the Majors with the Braves, Indians, and Diamondbacks.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]