Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Honors Oscar Taveras During Game 6 of World Series (Pics)

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Prior to Game 6 of the World Series, Royals starter Yordano Ventura announced that he would be dedicating the most important game of his life to his late friend, Oscar Taveras.

It turned out to be one hell of a tribute. With “RIP OT #18” written prominently on the front of his hat, Ventura pitched seven scoreless innings in the Royals’ 10-0 blowout win.

Ventura and Taveras became friends while playing minor league ball against each other in the Royals’ and Cardinals’ farm systems. His hat was not the only place Ventura inscribed Oscar’s name:

Nor was Yordano the only one remembering the Cardinals rookie, who was laid to rest in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, two days after a car crash took his life and the life of Edilia Arvelo, his 18-year-old girlfriend.

There was a moment of silence for Taveras and Arvelo before the game:

And on the other side of Missouri, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the Cardinals honored their promising rookie by turning on a single light stanchion in right field, where Taveras played:

Classy stuff all around.

RIP Oscar.

Hat Tip – [Sports Grid]

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