The High Speed Death of Jose Fernandez


Courtesy of Tribune News Service.

The Fernandez funeral.

Emily Martinez, Staff Reporter

The Miami Marlins baseball pitcher, Jose Fernandez, was out with his friends one night. They went to a Miami River restaurant and bar to have some fun and hang out. That same night, they decided to take out Jose’s boat.

According to Bleacher Report, Marcell Ozuna, a fellow player on the Miami Marlins team, stated that he tried to convince the three friends to just go home instead of cruising late at night.  Ozuna and two other teammates declined to go on the late night ride with Fernandez.

One of the victim’s friends stated that he warned  them about taking the boat out, a little after midnight. According to a conversation he shared on social media, Will Bernal texted a friend who was with Jose, wishing all of them safety.

“Yo please be careful bro,” Bernal texted at 12:07 a.m.

“I will bro,” Rivero said.

“Try to keep him close to shore if you go out,” Bernal wrote back.

Soon after that, the boat Jose was piloting crashed into a jetty rock at high speed.  No one on board survived.

A crew member of the Coast Guard left the Miami station that Sunday morning, and found the 32 foot boat (named “Kaught Looking”) flipped upside down  on the jetty rocks around three am.

There was a huge gash on the port side near the bow area when the boat was found.  The Coast Guard found two bodies under the boat.

The Miami Marlins pitcher was 24.  His passengers were Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, a friend of Rivero’s who had met Fernandez only a couple of hours earlier.

One of three victims was found way past the jetty that the boat crashed into, he could not be officially identified by police at press time. It is to be believed that the victim is either Macias or Rivero.

Authorities have not confirmed that alcohol was a factor in the crash but witnesses from the bar think it is very likely.

Enormously popular in Miami’s large Cuban-American community, Fernandez defected from Cuba at age 15, won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and became a two-time All-Star.  He was earning millions of dollars with the Marlins at the time of his death.

There was a public memorial ceremony and a private funeral this week.  The Palm Beach Post also reports the Marlins plan to retire Fernandez’s jersey number, 16.