Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura’s sudden death Sunday shook the baseball world. After news of his passing broke, many players took to social media to pay tribute to Ventura.
Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He is believed to have been driving under the influence. His death comes on the same day former major league infielder Andy Marte was killed in a car crash in the Dominican.
Both players’ passings elicited an emotional reaction from his fellow players, including many current and former teammates.
How can I even begin to explain how much I cared about you? You were like a little brother to me. You were a tough one to deal with but with your love and smile you could always make everything ok. We would have long conversations about life, about how much we wanted to be great in all aspects of life. I knew the struggle you had to overcome to get to where you were and I could always see it in your eyes that you wanted more. I knew your secrets and I knew your strengths. I knew anytime you needed a teammate to help you with something, that teammate would be me. I'm so happy to be able to say I knew you. I'm gonna miss you more than you know. I know at times you were tough but I knew u were just misunderstood. Love you bro and you will forever have a special place in my heart.
My thoughts & prayers were immediately directed to my beloved Royals family who will confront this tragic loss together. And I cannot imagine the sadness & pain that Yordano's immediate family & friends must be experiencing. Yordano "Ace" Ventura was a young & vibrant kid. He had the world at his fingertips & lived life to its fullest. He was always smiling & always messing w/ the boys. On the field he was a fiery competitor, someone willing to stand up to any challenge & overcome. It was a reflection of the life he lived while growing up in his native Dominican Republic. His spirit will live on, his impact will last, his memory will endure forever. #RIPAce
Speachless right now. The world lost a great teammate and competitor today. You will be missed Yordano Ventura. Rest In Peace ACE— Brooks Pounders (@BrooksPounders) January 22, 2017
I love you Ace. I don't know what to say other then I'm going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.— Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) January 22, 2017
Tragedy has no bias, people. Please, please be safe out there. Condolences to the Ventura family. #RIP Yordano, loved watching you throw 🔥🔥— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) January 22, 2017
What terrible news this morning! RIP Yordano. This kid was so talented and was only scratching the surface. Condolences to his family.— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) January 22, 2017
Can't even begin to express the sorrow in my heart. Prayers for their families... https://t.co/uArkxHvyKg— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) January 22, 2017
Devastated by the news of Yordano Ventura's passing. Loved that kid. So fun, young, and full of life. Too young. Prayers for his family.— Raúl Ibañez (@RaulIbanezMLB) January 22, 2017
Simply tragic news. Thoughts and prayers go out for Yordano's and Marte's families, Royals fans, and the entire baseball community.— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) January 22, 2017
Always a tragedy when a life is lost too soon. The Baseball Community took another hit RIP Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura— Jon Jay 2Js (@jonjayU) January 22, 2017
Wow, can't believe we lost another great one today! Once a teammate always a teammate. RIP Yordano Ventura!!!— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) January 22, 2017
To the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. I send my deepest condolences. RIP. pic.twitter.com/mC9EihLMXg— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) January 22, 2017
Terrible news in the baseball world this am. Brings back a lot of feeling and emotions. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) January 22, 2017
No way. Tell me that's not true. Sad sad day.— Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19) January 22, 2017
RIPAce. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 My condolences to his family in the DR and his family here in the Royals organization. I can't believe this.— Danny Valencia (@dannyvalencia19) January 22, 2017
Heartbreaking. Incredible teammate and man. One of my all time favorites to manage. RIP Andy Marte. https://t.co/meIbaIW4wg— Phil Nevin (@philnev23) January 22, 2017
I'm sad to hear my ex teammate Andy marte passed away this morning. He was a great teammate and a great person to be around. #RIPAndyMarte— Dontrelle Willis (@DTrainMLB) January 22, 2017
I can not believe it 💔💔💔🙏🙏🙏🙏— socrates brito (@SocratesBrito) January 22, 2017
Hate to see young people with so much life and promise die unexpectantly. Its another sad day in baseball 😢 R.I.P. Yordano— Delino DeShields (@LinoDeShields) January 22, 2017
Wow, terrible news this morning! Deepest condolences to former teammate Yordano Ventura's family and Andy Martes family! #RIPace— Dillon Gee (@DillonGee35) January 22, 2017
Deeply saddened and shocked by Yordano Ventura's & Andy Marte's passings. Sending out my thoughts and prayers.— Russell Martin (@russellmartin55) January 22, 2017
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte. Another sad day for the game of baseball ⚾️#GoneTooSoon— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) January 22, 2017
Ventura, 25, was one of the Royals’ most promising young pitchers. He finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014 and was a key member of the rotation for the past three seasons.