Before his tragic passing on Sept. 25, Jose Fernandez was gearing up to be a father — and based on this video from August, he was super excited about it. Watch the late baseball star find out his baby’s gender in the clip right here, but be warned: You might get emotional!
Orlando Sanfiel, the father of Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend and baby mama, Maria Arias, shared a video from a family dinner back on August 11, and it shows the kind of man Jose was before his untimely passing. In the clip, the Miami Marlins pitcher is presented with a cake, which he cuts into to find out the sex of the baby he’s expecting with Maria.
The 24-year-old is thrilled beyond belief when he sees the pink icing and learns he’s having a baby girl. “I knew it, I knew it!” he screams, with a huge smile plastered on his face as a friend comes over to congratulate him with a hug. Jose looks overwhelmed with joy, and definitely seemed like he was embracing his future role as a father in the best way. It all just makes his death after a boating accident that much more tragic.
Jose and Maria got together in April, not long after he split from his fiance, Carla Mendoza, who fans initially speculated was his baby mama. Just days before his death the 24-year-old, who had obviously only been with Maria for a few months, professed his love for her and their unborn child on Instagram.
“I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together,” he wrote, alongside a photo of Maria cradling her baby bump. Just six days later, he was found dead after his boat crashed in the early hours of Sept. 25. So sad.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the throwback video of Jose? Do you think he would’ve been a good father?