Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández died tragically on Sunday after the boat he was on crashed into a jetty.
Just days before the fatal accident, Fernández had announced to the world on Instagram that he and his girlfriend were expecting their first child. The 24-year-old posted a simple, heartfelt message to the mother of his child, captioning a photo of her baby bump.
I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst
These were the last words, publicly, that Jose said to his girlfriend before the crash took the life of him and two others.
Three weeks ago, Fernández wished his girlfriend a happy birthday on Instagram, saying “The woman that gave me life, that has never let me down, that loves me unconditionally! I’m thankful and so blessed to have you!”
Fernández was extremely popular among not just baseball fans, but his peers, coaches, and mentors too.
He arrived in the United States in 2007, after three failed attempts at escaping Cuba. During the successful voyage over, he saved his mother, who fell into the Yucatan Channel.
‘All I can do is scream in disbelief,’ said Tony Perez, a Cuban native Hall of Famer, now in an executive for the Marlins. ‘José won the love of all. I feel as if I had lost a son.’
“When you watch kids play Little League or something like that, that’s the joy José played with and the passion he felt while playing,” said Don Mattingly, coach of the Marlins.
The premature loss shocked the entire baseball world, and it’s so devastating to think that his first child is on the way. We wish the best to his girlfriend, their child, and his family, friends, and fans.
RIP José Fernández.