In life, there exist all kinds of family. Richard Bach wrote:
“the bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
This passed Sunday, the sports world woke to the news of the heartbreaking passing of phenom Jose Fernandez in a tragic boating accident. JoFer was a special talent and an even better man who had his entire life and baseball career ahead of him. Jose Fernandez leaves behind a grieving mother, girlfriend, forthcoming child, and devastated group of Marlins’ teammates. He was admired throughout the league for not only his talent; but moreover, his larger-than-life personality.
After cancelling Sunday’s ballgame, the Marlins took the field Monday for the first time since the passing of their beloved friend and brother. In tonight's game, Jose’s dear friend (left-hand hitting) Dee Gordon paid tribute to Jose by wearing his old helmet and taking the first pitch from the right side of the plate.
Then, sports happened.
Dee hit a leadoff bomb (his first of the season) to right field. He was overcome with emotion as he ran the bases in honor of his late friend, teammate, and brother. As he touched home plate and made his way to the dugout, his entire team embraced him in overwhelming support.
Gone, but never forgotten, Fernandez’s joy, youthful exuberance, and fiery competitiveness with live on in the hearts of his teammates and sports fan’s alike.