The death of Jose Fernandez has taken another sad twist. Will Bernal, a friend of one of the men killed with Jose, said the Miami Marlins pitcher was ‘stressed out’ the night he died. Will even warned his friend to be careful while they tried to calm Jose down!
“Yo please be careful bro,” Will Bernal, a self-described “Miami Socialite,” told his friend, Eduardo Rivero, 25, before he and Emilio Macias, 27, went out to join Jose Fernandez, 24, on the Miami waters on Sept. 25. “Try to keep [Jose] close to shore if you go out.”
“Trust me,” Eduardo responded. “It’s not my time yet.” Sadly, Eduardo would be proven wrong, as he and his two friends would lose their lives in the fatal boating accident. These last words have haunted Will, and he shared this final conversation with Eduardo on Sept. 26. During the very last exchange they would ever have, Will told Eddy that he should “try to keep Jose cool [and] tell him what I said.”
“I basically told Eduardo that even thought [Jose] was stressed out right now, he wouldn’t even think about it next week,” Will told CBS Miami. “He’s young and going out on the water is not going to solve your problems.” It’s also scary how close Will came to being the fourth victim in this tragedy, as Eduardo had asked him to join them.
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Our last phone conversation and text messages last night. I feel sick to my stomach. Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend. This doesn't sit with me well. I write this with the heaviest heart I've ever had. I just lost Tony and now I lost another best friend. I can't get over this nightmare. I already miss you and our daily conversations. You died being a great friend. You went to be with Jose and help him when he called you. I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn't feel right and we both knew it. I'm choking on tears writing this, you don't deserve this. We were just talking about life at the Marlins game and how precious it is. I can't believe you are gone. The pain I have is unexplainable. I feel guilty that I didn't do a better job of trying to convince you not get on that boat. You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me. I love you bro, you'll always be the little brother I never had. I'm in shock, I'm still waiting for you to call me or txt me. We were so excited to celebrate your birthday in Vegas. You were loved by many and I'll do my best to stay involved with them. Lauren and I will keep you in our prayers. Rest In Peace brother. Love you little bro Eddy Rivero @e_greeneyes #rip #mybrotherfromanothermother
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“I told him I didn’t want him to go out on the boat and to be careful,” Will said. “I didn’t have a good feeling. It [was] too dark at night.” This premonition continues to bother Will. While sharing this final conversation, Will confessed that he “feel(s) sick to my stomach” and he’s riddled with guilt “that I didn’t do a better job of trying to convince you [to] not get on that boat.” How sad!
What could have stressed Jose out remains unknown, but it’s clear that his death has left a huge impact on not just his family, but also the world of baseball. When the Miami Marlins played the New York Mets for the first game following Jose’s death, it was a tear-filled affair. Dee Gordon, 28, hit his very first home run and while he rounded the basses, he broke down and cried. At the end of the game, which the Marlins won, they all left their hats out on the pitcher’s mound in loving tribute to their late teammate and friend.
What do you think about Will’s last conversation with Eduardo, HollywoodLifers? Does it break your heart to see him plead with his friend to be safe?