Twenty-four year old Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away early Sunday morning. The brutal news was met with disbelief, shock and grief in the Red Sox clubhouse.
Early Sunday morning, the news broke. In a day and age when people on social media play cruel jokes to get a rise, many baseball fans, including myself, wanted to believe it was a hoax. Unfortunately, it was not. Twenty-four year old Jose Fernandez had passed away in a boating accident. Authorities said that two other people also lost their lives in the tragedy.
And what a life he had led in his short time on Earth. The AP story on Boston.com reporting his death discussed how it took four attempts for him to escape Cuba with his mother, and he basically had to save his mother’s life after she ended up in the water. He was just an amazing guy.
For a team that was rolling after winning ten straight, the awful news reportedly created a very somber atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse. It’s been well documented that both David Ortiz and former Marlin Hanley Ramirez had been quite friendly with Fernandez. While the social media world expressed their sadness and disbelief, Big Papi and Hanley also took to Twitter to give their thoughts.
In what would be his last game in Tampa, David Ortiz politely asked the Rays to skip the pregame ceremony honoring him that has been taking place in cities all over the country in his final season. Ortiz was clearly very shaken by the loss of his friend. He spoke to MLB Network about it prior to the game:
“We are talking about one of the faces of the baseball community and baseball-wise he made sure everyone was taken care of. When I heard the news this morning I have not been able to go back to normal. You can never be prepared to hear news like that; it makes a major impact on you. We need more faces like him in the game; we need more people in the media to tell stories like his. He was an unbelievable human being. As a person that is what we cared about. This is something that will hit home for a very long time.”
The loss of Jose Fernandez creates a major void in the world of baseball and beyond. It’s a horrific event for the Marlins organization, their fans, the baseball community as a whole and of course, his family. Condolences to all of Fernandez’ family, friends and teammates.