While Edinson Volquez‘s no-hitter may have come as a surprise to many, the timing makes a certain amount of sense. The Miami Marlins hurler spun his first career no-hitter Saturday on his former teammate Yordano Ventura‘s birthday.
Ventura died in a car accident during the offseason, and fellow Kansas City Royals teammate Eric Hosmer saw the timing as a bout of serendipitous resolve, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Jeff Deters.
“It’s funny how things work out,” Hosmer said. “I certainly don’t believe it was a coincidence yesterday of all days to go out and do what he did.”
Volquez was a veteran presence in the locker room who helped the turbulent Ventura adjust to the big leagues. But he also showed Hosmer and the Royals a special kind of resilience in his time with the club. Volquez pitched six strong innings in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series on the same day his father died, and did it again later in the series after returning from his father’s funeral.
“We’ve all gone through so much, especially with what we went through with Eddie in the World Series in 2015,” Hosmer said. “And just to see how he responded, and what he did for us to be able to come out and pitch that game, you know how strong of a guy he is.
“It just couldn’t have happened to a better guy, and especially a guy who mentored Yordano when he was here. Everybody saw it each and every day in the locker room and on the road.”
Volquez’s no-hitter tribute to Ventura is slightly reminiscent of when Dee Gordon hit his lone home run of the season to lead off the first game following Jose Fernandez’s death last September.