Yordano Ventura will always be remembered, but one of his teammates is making sure his memory will live on in a very real way.
Royals pitcher Ventura passed away earlier in January in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, at almost the same time as former major leaguer Andy Marté.
The accidents shook the baseball world, former teammates and fans alike. My coworker wrote this simple and touching tribute to the men.
One Ebay user was selling a Ventura bobblehead. As he was getting ready to ship it, he realized the buyer was Royals pitcher Danny Duffy.
Looking at the buyer profile, it seems Duffy has been buying MLB memorabilia throughout January — at least 10 items.
Sure enough, when bobs251 contacted Duffy, he got this response.
@cdotharrison— Brady Sisk (@theWook33) January 27, 2017
So, he sent him a message saying he wasnt going to make him pay for it and refunded his money. His response was below.... pic.twitter.com/S9RDUUCcUs
It turns out Duffy is buying as many items as he can for Ventura’s mom. The gesture is so thoughtful and heartbreaking at once.
Duffy wasn’t looking for recognition for this act of kindness, but he deserves to be celebrated. Yordano Ventura’s life may have ended prematurely, but with teammates like this, it is ensured that his memory will be treasured.