By Blair Clark
Jose Fernandez was a 24-year old Major League Baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins. He was originally from Cuba and came to the United States in 2008. When Fernandez tragically died Sunday, September 25, 2016, it took the sports world by storm. Teammates, such as Dee Gordon, who is also a Miami Marlin, took the news very hard. The game scheduled for September 25 was cancelled because of his passing. The Miami Marlins and New York Mets played the final game of the series Monday, September 26.
“His death has already made a huge impact on the baseball world. I would not be surprised if they made an award,” Cade Ragland, senior, said.
Many of the players played that game with Fernandez heavy in their hearts. Gordon, who happened to be one of his closest teammates, was the lead off hitter for the game on Monday. At his first at-bat, Gordon hit his first home run of the season. He ran the the bases in tears in tribute of his late friend. After the game, Gordon spoke about his hit.
“I thought it was just my way of showing him, ‘I love you. I miss you. I’m always going to miss you.’” Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins second baseman, told MLB.