Jose Fernandez is gone, but his legacy will live on through his Miami Marlins teammates. One day after his tragic death, the team will take the field against the New York Mets, and will honor their pitcher in a very special way.
It’s certainly going to be an emotional day as the Miami Marlins take off the New York Mets at home on Sept. 26, as the team is still completely devastated over the sudden passing of their pitcher, Jose Fernandez, 24. To pay tribute to the young, rising star, the entire team will wear his number, 16, on their jerseys during the first game back.
In the wake of Jose’s death, the Marlins cancelled their Sept. 25 game against the Atlanta Braves. However, knowing the 24-year-old would want them all to get back out there and play, they kept the Mets game on the schedule, and will do their best to honor Jose with a win. While Jose obviously won’t be there to take the mound, the Marlins’ left-handed pitcher, Adam Conley, will be doing the honors.
Jose and his two friends, Emilio Macias and Eddy Rivero, were found dead in the early morning of Sept. 25, after their boat apparently hit a pile of rocks and capsized. It’s still unclear what exactly went down during the tragic accident, but the Marlins players, employees and Miami community are obviously distraught over the news.
Making this whole situation even more devastating is the fact that Jose’s girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, was pregnant with the pair’s child at the time of his death. The professional athlete actually just shared the baby news with the world days before his untimely passing, and our hearts are absolutely breaking for Carla and his family. So sad.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the Marlins’ tribute to Jose?