Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins pitcher

Early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at around 0315 the wrecked boat and bodies of Jose Fernandez and his two friends were found in the waters off of Miami.

They apparently slammed into a jetty at full speed and were killed. Jose Fernandez was only 24. He was a two time all-star already and rookie of the year in 2013.

A little history.

Fernández was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and had tried three times to defect before he was successful in 2008. He went to Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida and was selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. Fernández made his MLB debut with the Marlins on April 7, 2013. He was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game and won the National League Rookie of the Month Award in July and August. After the season, he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award he also finished third in Cy Young Award balloting.

Fernández became the first pitcher in the modern era to win his first 17 career home decisions, as well as go 24-1 in his first 25 home decisions.

The best part of Jose Fernandez.

He was a kid, he enjoyed playing the game but he was also a fierce competitor. Even better, he didn’t need steroids or PEDs like the David Ortiz’s, A-rods, McGwires, Cabrera’s, Clemens’, Cansecos etc. etc. He was what baseball is all about. Being the best you can be, winning and competing on a level field without enhancements.

He loved the game. He loved his mother and grandmother. He loved the United States and Cuba. He didn’t do anything to disgrace these things. He was more of a man, player, son, grandson and friend than the cheaters that play this game. They have no morals, no conscience they care about no one but themselves. Jose was not like that and I could tell even though I didn’t know him personally.

He risked everything to come to the greatest country in the world while others complain about what we have. They protest and whine instead of making things better. Instead of finding solutions they find fault and they hate. Jose was not like that. He appreciated where he came from and where he came to, the U.S.

He was a hero for saving his mother who had fallen overboard while making the desperate and daring trip to this country.

Jose’s time to go.

Whether you believe in God or the Bible I don’t care. The Bible says of all of us, our days are numbered. It was just Jose’s time to go and that sounds unfair and not right but that is the way it is. He is in heaven and in God’s hands I am sure of that. Whatever God’s reason was for taking him you can be sure it was his time.

Too much said.

I don’t know if you can say too much but it seems like it. All the sports outlets were interviewing almost everyone on the planet. I don’t know if some knew him or not but this is not a time for coverage and opinions like it was a sporting event. EVERYONE has an opinion, they are like butts, and they all stink. Less is more.

I watched an interviewer on ESPN asking basically the same question several times. What did this mean to Cubans? What did this mean to the Marlins? Then he says for the person being interviewed to “stop being a reporter and tell us as a fan what this means to baseball, Cubans, teammates etc. etc. It is like they don’t even listen or are pathetic at interviewing. They are trying to squeeze blood from a stone, they are trying to get 20 pieces of information when there are only 2 pieces to get. It is like when they first come on the story of a disaster and know nothing but they are going to report on it for an hour or hours.

Reporters are morons.

I can’t believe some of  the stupid questions reporters ask. Remember when your teacher or parents said there was no such thing as a stupid question. THEY WERE WRONG.

This began, at least for me, in the first Gulf War when they briefed the press and told them what they couldn’t discuss and as soon as the speaker asked are there any questions, these morons would ask about the restricted subject that they were just told about.

During these couple of days after Jose’s death, I saw more ignorant questions asked. People getting answers and then asking the same question about the same thing over and over. What does this mean to the Marlins organization? What does this mean to the team? What does this mean to the Cuban community?

The people that knew Jose were numb and walking around in a daze and yet they had to attend news conferences. Why? Why couldn’t this wait a couple days? Why did it have to be an hour after finding out he was killed? Why didn’t management make a statement or have someone make a statement and tell them the players would talk to them in a couple of days? Why weren’t they allowed to grieve in private without the statements?

Mr. Samson said they were watching what they said and did. That they didn’t want to say or do the wrong thing. Screw that. If the media wants that raw emotion of the moment, those tears, the hurt in the eyes and the face of everyone that knew Jose then you get what you get and don’t get to criticize what is said or done by those very people.

Monday’s post game interviews.

Again the reporters were morons. Asking Terry Collins if he was glad or relieved that Dee Gordon hit a homer. They asked if he was glad the Marlins won. What were they expecting him to say? Yes? Then people would have thought the Mets threw the game. They would have thought the Mets let them win. WTF? Can they be anymore stupid? YES.

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