Moment of the Year: Dee Gordon Homers in Honor of Jose Fernandez


The Miami Marlins returned to the baseball diamond with a win over the New York Mets in their first game since the death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. I told him I couldnt go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me.'”.

Fernandez, 24, and two other men were killed early Sunday when his 32-foot SeaVee boat slammed into a rock jetty that extends off the southern tip of Miami Beach.

The investigation is being led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"I was trying everything in my power to try to convince him (Rivero) to not go out on the boat, and Jose too", Bernal told the Herald. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Fernandez, Rivero, and Macias during this hard time.

On Monday, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna also spoke about declining Fernandez's invitation to join him on that boat.

When leadoff man Dee Gordon, who is left-handed and was among Fernandez's closest friends on the team, stepped up to the plate for the team's first at-bat, he took the first pitch from the right side of the batter's box as a tribute to Fernandez. Bernal said Rivero had tried to get him to go on the boat, but he didn't like the idea of boating at night and declined.

Fernandez's funeral will be a private mass on Thursday, but the day before the city he called home and those who watched the baseball star shine are invited to the stadium to say goodbye.

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On Sunday evening, the entire team took two buses to Fernandez's family home and met for 45 minutes with his mother, grandmother and other relatives and friends. Spokesman Rob Klepper said in an interview Tuesday that theres no timetable, and “we will provide a complete and thorough investigative report.”. The crash remains under investigation and authorities have said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Autopsies on all three victims by the medical examiner's findings will not be released until toxicology reports are concluded.

There will be a public service on Wednesday from 4 p.m.to midnight at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Miami.

The station reported a black bag containing Jose Fernandez's checkbook and four autographed baseballs apparently washed ashore on Miami Beach not far from the accident site.

Fernandez's family could be seen leaving their home in Southwest Miami-Dade to make final arrangements for the legendary Marlins' pitcher's funeral.

Marlins players wear a Jose Fernandez's No. 16 jersey during Monday's game against the Mets, which began with an emotional tribute to the pitcher.

Aged 24, the Cuban was a two-time All-Star despite only spending four seasons in the professional ranks.