Royals Honor Yordano Ventura With Emotional Tribute In Home Opener

Last season, there were a pair of tragic loses to some of baseball’s rising stars. Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals both passed unexpectedly.

While the Marlins have honored Jose Fernandez’s memory in a number of ways, the Royals honored the memory of their fallen teammate and friend prior to the Royals home opener on Monday.

With teary eyes, the Kansas City players, fans and front office were moved by a saxophonic rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

A moving tribute to Yordano Ventura and a saxophone that speaks a thousand words. #Royals pic.twitter.com/h5fgFLjr6Q

— FOX Sports KC (@FSKansasCity) April 10, 2017

Ventura’s tribute also included a speech from teammate Eric Hosmer, and a series of highlights from the promising 25-year-old’s brief career. Often known for his fiery demeanor on the mound, Ventura was beloved by the fans of the Kansas City ball club.

In one of the saddest stretches of memory in Major League Baseball, Ventura joined the league of players who were lost before scratching the surface of their potential.

.@TheRealHos35 speaks on behalf of the team about Yordano’s life and impact on Kansas City. #Ace30 pic.twitter.com/qC4JUiqFfY

— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) April 10, 2017

Ventura’s untimely death was the result of an automobile accident in January.

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