By Chris King, Chattanooga, Tenn.-
On Sunday Sept. 25, the sports world was devastated with the news that young baseball star Jose Fernandez had passed away in a boating accident in Miami, FL.
Jose Fernandez had a bright future in the MLB and succeeded in his short time for the Florida Marlins. Fernandez was only 24 years old and won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013 and is a two time National League All-Star.
It was a very sad week for baseball fans everywhere but the events that followed the passing of Fernandez will make you think he was watching over the game of baseball.
On Monday following the surprising death of Fernandez, the Florida Marlins hit the field for the first time with heavy hearts. The Marlins opened the game by remembering Fernandez and honored him by putting his number 16 on the pitchers mound. Every player also wore his number and name instead of wearing their own unique jersey.
After honoring the late baseball star before the game, the Marlins shortstop and good friend of Fernandez, Dee Gordon came up to bat. Gordon stepped up to bat in the right-handed batters box, to honor Fernandez who is a right-handed batter, and took the first pitch. After that pitch, Gordon went to the dugout and put on Fernandez’s helmet and stepped into the left-handed batters box. On the next pitch, Gordon hit a towering home run over the right field fence for a leadoff homerun. As he rounded the bases, he started to weep and once he crossed home plate he pointed to the sky to honor Fernandez.
The Marlins brought home a 7-3 win over the Mets in honor of Fernandez.
The following night, Aledmys Dias, a childhood friend of Fernandez and shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, returned to the field for the first time following the death of Fernandez. In the fourth inning of the game, Dias hit his first career grand slam and as he crossed home plate he pointed in the sky to honor his late friend.
The passing of young star like Fernandez is devastating but the events that followed just go to show that he was smiling down on the game of baseball. Fernandez will always be remembered for the impact that he had on the MLB and the game of baseball.
This article was written to honor the life of the late Jose Fernandez.