Last Sunday, baseball fans around the country mourned the loss of Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning just off the coast of Miami Beach, Florida. Florida Wildlife Commission confirmed that Fernandez had not been driving the boat and that drugs and alcohol were not found at the site of the crash.
Fernandez, who was just 24 years old, had apparently gotten into an argument with his girlfriend who is pregnant with their first child. Fernandez went out around 10:30pm on Saturday, September 24th to his boat that one of his friends owned named “Kaught Looking”. Fernandez had invited multiple teammates to join him on his late night expedition on the water but was turned down to stay at home with their families. Fernandez sent a text to teammate Marcell Ozuna telling him to call him at 10am Sunday morning if he had not heard from him in order to wake him up so he could get to the ballpark on time. That was the last time Fernandez and Ozuna were in contact.
The city of Miami and the Marlins held a public memorial and funeral for Fernández on September 28 and the Marlins organization announced they would retire the number 16 in his honor after teams around the league all wore the jersey number to remember the former pitcher.