Loved Ones Bid Final Farewell To Marlins Pitcher José Fernández

Viva

On Thursday (Sept. 29), the Marlins star pitcher—born in Cuba—was mourned by friends and family, and tenderly remembered as larger-than-life. Nearly 200 members of the Miami Marlins organization gathered at St. Brendan Catholic Church with José Fernández’s closest family and friends, according to People.

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Fernández left behind a girlfriend, Maria Arias, who is also expecting their daughter. Scott Boras, the beloved player’s agent, addressed spoke movingly about his client’s love of his country, family and baby-to-be, whom Fernández named before his untimely death.

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“When he found out he was going to be a father he wanted to know: ‘Am I going to be a good father?’ and I told him, ‘You’re going to be a great father,” said Boras, “because you’re going to treat your child like your mother treated you. And you’ll know exactly what to do.’ The next day he bought a glove and put Penelope on it for his unborn daughter.”

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Fernández was killed in a boating accident in Miami Sunday (Sept. 25), in what officials say was a speed-related accident. May he rest in peace.

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