Jose Fernandez Dies
Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident
Marlins all star pitcher Jose Fernandez died on Sunday September 24, 2016 in a tragic boating accident. It was early in the morning when people heard about this accident and it shocked the whole nation. Jose was only 24 and one of the best pitchers of the game. He had the best home record of any pitcher at 34-4. It was about 4 a.m. and he was in a speed boat going about 70 mph when the boat went out of control and crashed into the jeti. The US national coast guard reported that three people died including Jose.
Jose Fernandez grew up in the Dominican Republic with friend Alexima Dias on the St. Louis Cardinals. He grew up playing shortstop in little league. Alexmia Dias said, “he was always the best one on the field. Jose Fernandez came over to the United States at age 16. He was in the minors for 3 years when he was called up to the MLB at age 21. Jose did have a bump in the road though. In his second year in the MLB, he had to get Tommy John surgery on his right arm which ended his year. After his surgery he had a lot of success and seemed to have bright future.
Social media went crazy. So many tributes went out to Jose. Many pro baseball players acted on this. Boston Red Soxs designated hitter David Ortiz quoted, “ we have lost a member of the baseball family and we will never forget you Jose. Many players honored Jose that day. They wrote on their hats with marker saying never forget JF. It was very emotional before the games. Every team paid a moment of silence for Jose. Many of the players were moved to tears. That day the Marlins game against the Braves was canceled. They played the next day at home against the Mets when a magical moment happened.
The Marlins players all wore the number 16 to honor Jose that day. The first batter of the game left hand hitter Dee Gordon stepped in the right handed batters box wearing Jose’s helmet to honor him. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon threw a ball. Dee Gordon went to the left hand battersbox and the first pitch he saw, he went deep to left field for a home run. As he stepped on home plate he pointed to the ski crying and as he went into the dugout with everybody in tears getting hugs. Dee Gordon said to his teammates, “If you all don’t believe in God you should start now cause I ain’t ever hit a ball that fair not even in batting practice.”
Many other sports honored Jose Fernandez. On week three of the 2016 NFL season all teams had a moment of silents for Jose. The national hockey cup was going on and they all had a moment of silence going on. The Marlins general manager quoted, “nobody will wear the number sixteen for the Miami Marlins ever again.” Jose Fernandez will never be forgotten by the MLB players. R.I.P. big fella.