“I’m still waiting to wake up from this nightmare,” Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton said according to the Associated Press. “I lost my brother today and can’t quite comprehend it. The shock is overwhelming. What he meant to me, our team, the city of Miami, Cuba & everyone else in the world that his enthusiasm/heart has touched can never be replaced. I can’t fathom what his family is going through because We, as his extended Family are a wreck.”
Most of the world expressed sadness and shocking news when 24-year-old Jose Fernandez died in a boat accident, causing questions to how his career would have been if this didn’t happen.
Players and managers were in tears, in disbelief of what happened Sunday morning. An ace in the making for the Miami Marlins turned out to be a sad moment they will all remember. Fernandez this season as a starting pitcher was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 253 strikeouts.
Its hard to swallow on seeing this young player not being able to see his career all the way, not being a father, and not seeing the franchise become a playoff contender. But more importantly, Fernandez shows the whole MLB his passion and love of baseball, inspiring Cuban players as well.
He went through so much in Cuba to living his dreams as a professional player. A kid at heart going to be missed, but his spirit lives on.