If Framber Valdez gave the Houston Astros a great outing in Game 2 of the World Series, it was partly thanks to his father, who overcame his fear of airplanes to see his son in the work for the first time.
Valdez gave up just one run, four hits and three walks in six and a third innings to earn his second victory for the playoffs, Saturday. This allowed the Texas club to create a 1-1 tie against the Philadelphia Phillies. He is posting an excellent 1.42 ERA in three games so far.
In his eyes, the presence of his father in the stands, who came from his native Dominican Republic for support, definitely had an impact on his performance.
“I'm very proud to have my dad here; he didn't want to come at first because he was afraid to fly, Valdez revealed in a postgame press briefing, according to remarks reported by the official major league website. My mother is another thing. This is his second year here. She is not afraid to fly.”
“But, yes, having my father here gives me a little more strength. He's used to seeing me cast on TV, seeing guys like [Jose] Altuve, [Alex] Bregman, [Jeremy] Pena on TV. Now he can see them in person. It means a lot.”
Valdez also tried to find his parents in the crowd when his manager pulled him out of the game, to no avail.
“There were a lot of crowd [in the stands], so I didn't see them. I waved blindly to the crowd. Hope they saw it. But it felt good to know they were both there and could watch this game.”