Tragic news hit everybody this morning after hearing Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez, along with two others, passed away after a boating accident. The accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. in the waters just outside of Miami. The Marlins’ ace was just 24 years old.
Due to the devastating news, the Marlins canceled their game against the Atlanta Braves today. Left on the mound in Marlins Park is a tribute to Fernandez. Here you can see Dee Gordon showing tribute to his fallen teammate, which is absolutely heartbreaking.
Words can’t describe how heartbreaking it was to wake up to this news. Jose was so young and full of life. He was almost as good of a pitcher as he was a person off the mound. Fleeing from Cuba to America at age 15, he saved his mom from drowning in pitch-black water. The thing is he didn’t know it was her. He just knew somebody fell in and jumped in regardless of who it was to try and save that person. But while they were fleeing to America, his grandmother was left behind. A day before he won Rookie of the Year, his grandmother reunited with her shocked grandson and got to see him pitch for the first time.
The death of Jose Fernandez is not just a huge loss for the game of baseball, but a huge loss for his family, friends, and many fans. Not only does he leave behind a loving family, but he also leaves behind his pregnant fiancé, who he tributed in his last ever Instagram post.
The death of Jose Fernandez shows all of us how precious life is. Fernandez, a beloved and outstanding pitcher, has his life taken away for reasons we don’t know why. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow, and sometimes life will take a huge blow on you for reasons you will may never know. Never take anything for granted; life, family, or anything. Always be grateful for the life you have and cherish every day you live. Hug your loved ones and make sure you tell them you love them because you don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Rest in peace Jose Fernandez; you will greatly be missed.