This is going to be really tough to watch, as the Miami Marlins resume play tonight against the New York Mets. As we all have unfortunately heard by now, 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. In case you missed it, I did the best that I could to try to put the meaning of this loss into words.
The Marlins’ game on Sunday was cancelled, and tonight, the Marlins will all wear No. 16 to honor their fallen teammate in the game that he was actually scheduled to start. It still hasn’t really sunk in for me that Fernandez is gone, and that’s just coming from a guy who had the privilege of being able to cover his playing career from afar. I can’t even imagine what his family, friends and teammates must be feeling today.
I don’t know if “enjoyed” is the right word, because no joy could ever come out of a situation like this, but it’s been a pleasure to have so many people reach out to me who have had personal experiences with Jose. Hearing stories about how he took time to have conversations with fans, take pictures with them, sign autographs, joke around, and even play catch with them, it’s been really nice to hear all that. But I thought I’d share my favorite Jose story that’s been shared with me since yesterday.
The world lost a great baseball player on Sunday, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that we lost an even greater human being.