Dealing with a loved one’s sudden passing is never easy and the Miami Marlins are going through that right now. Early Sunday morning, the team’s 24 year-old all-star pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men were killed in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach. The three men were out on a early morning fishing trip.
The sudden passing of Fernandez was a shock to the sport of baseball and especially to the Miami baseball club. Tributes and moments of silence took place on Sunday before and during 14 Major League games. The 15th game between the Marlins and Atlanta Braves was cancelled. Rightfully so.
When pro athletes spend more time between the playing lines instead if with their own families, their teammates become family members. These players lost a brother tragically and it will take time for them to grieve, process and deal with their brother’s passing.
Play resumed on Monday for the Marlins in Miami as they hosted the New York Mets. As a tribute to Jose Fernandez, all the Marlins players and coaching staff wore Jose Fernandez jerseys for the game. Also, Fernandez’s number 16 was retired by the organization.
The emotions of the past couple of days all came out in one swing by Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who led off the bottom of the first inning with a homerun. When Dee crossed home plate, he was in tears. What happened afterwards was heartbreaking and beautiful. See for yourself in the video below.
Rest in Peace, Jose. #JDF16