It’s been 8 hours and I still don’t want to believe this. I remember opening Twitter and seeing this tweet:
Horrific news to report this morning, multiple people inform me that Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) September 25, 2016
At first, you just assume it’s a hoax don’t you? But as you see more and more beat writers saying it and then national writers coming out with it and then finally the Marlins officially announce, it all just seems like a nightmare. Of course, my thoughts and prayers are with the Fernandez family at this time and most importantly with his wife who had just recently announced her pregnancy. That’s the saddest thing about it all. A child will never be able to meet his/her dad. A man who was incredible both on and off the Baseball mound.
In 2007, at the fourth attempt, Jose defected from Cuba. He attended the Braulio Alonso High School and finished his senior year with a 13-1 record, a 2.35 ERA & 134 K’s. The Marlins selected him in the 2011 Draft and he quickly rose up through the farm system. He made his big league debut @ Citi Field against the Mets in 2013 and he would go on to win Rookie of the Year. Displaying a devastating arsenal of pitches, Jose dominated the league for the next 3 years, finishing with a 38-17 record and a 2.58 ERA. He was also the quickest major leaguer to accumulate 500 strikeouts.
But the thing is, I won’t miss Fernandez for his pitching. I’ll miss him for his loveable personality. A kid who was just so full of life and had so much to give to the Baseball world. No matter what, Fernandez was smiling. You could speak to any player who’s faced Fernandez and they would probably say how tough he is but they would also say how competitive he is. He played with such passion and such intensity that it was impossible not to love him. Baseball is losing not just a special talent but also a special man.
RIP Jose Fernandez. Baseball heaven has just acquired it’s latest arm.
Dee Gordon in front of a Jose Fernandez memorial on the mound in Miami. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/m7VGRsWFKx
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) September 25, 2016
My favorite Jose Fernandez wasn't on the field. It was the love and joy he showed when he realized his grandma was going to see him pitch. pic.twitter.com/gzgd6IS85u
— Cards Nation (@CardsNation13) September 25, 2016