Miami Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boat Accident Days After Announcing Longtime Girlfriend’s Pregnancy
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died on Sunday (Sept. 25, 2016) after the boat he was on capsized after crashing into a jetty, he was just 24 years old.
Just days before his untimely death, Fernandez took to Instagram to announce his longtime girlfriend, Carla Mendoza was expecting their first child. The pitcher, who escaped from Cuba on his fourth try by boat to come to America to play baseball, posted a picture of Mendoza on the beach cradling her growing baby bump with the caption, “I’m so glad you came into my life.”
Authorities are not exactly sure how the accident happened but say the boat was traveling at a high speed when it crashed into the barely visible jetty, killing Fernandez and two other unidentified men on board. The capsized boat was found at 3 am Sunday morning, but authorities say ad of now, neither drugs nor alcohol are a factor.
The entire major league baseball community mourned the death of the young star, with the Miami Marlins canceling their Sunday afternoon game. The Marlin’s coach along with the entire team attended an emotional press conference where their confirmed Fernandez’s untimely death and spoke about why he was such a great player.
“When you watch kids play Little League or something like that, that’s the joy Jose played with and the passion he felt while playing,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said holding back tears. ‘There was joy with him when he played. And when he pitched, and I think that’s what the guys would say too.”
Teams all over the country took a moment to remember Fernandez, with many players mounting up Fernandez’s jersey, number 16, in their dugouts.