Early Sunday morning, Miami Marlins star and ace Jose Fernandez was involved in a fatal boating accident, killing him and two others. Fernandez was only twenty-four-years old. He had just been married and had a baby on the way. The Marlins announced that their game against the Braves has been cancelled. Along with that announcement, the Marlins released this brief statement: “The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
This horrific news has shaken every individual baseball fan. Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in the game, already a stud. He was young, just coming off of Tommy John surgery, taking the league by storm with his electric presence. Jose was an incredibly enthusiastic and emotional player. The cameras would frequently show him cheering his team on from the dugout, messing around with his teammates, having a grand old time. He showed the world just how fun baseball can really be, without even trying. Just being himself.
Many would say that Jose Fernandez’ career would end up being a Hall of Fame career. Whether he stayed in Miami or not, he would be a star for years to come. Along with that, before he made it to the major leagues, he escaped from prison in Cuba to reach the United States, and once saved his mother from drowning, saving her life, all before the age of 24. His story is one of a kind.
We cannot begin to fathom the loss of this young man, as every one of us are in shock from this sickening news. We would like to ask that you keep Jose’s family, friends, and fans in your prayers as we will do the same. This is one of the more devastating days in baseball history. Not only was he a phenomenal pitcher, his energy was impeccable and spread like wildfire. He’s the kind of guy that only comes around every once in awhile, and you have to cherish him.
It pains me to have to write about someone in past tense. Jose Fernandez will never be forgotten, his spirit and story will live on forever. He is an inspiration to all.