The MLB is mourning the loss of Marlins ace, Jose Fernandez.
The Miami Marlins held a press conference to address the tragedy. Marlins manager, Don Mattingly, and multiple players were in attendance, many of them breaking down in tears. Buses took players to the home of the Fernandez family after the press conference.
“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” read a statement from Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria. “Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”
“The way he played this game, the way he was on the field, that’s a way how these guys can honor him,” said Marlins president, David Samson, who spoke of the eternal nature of the relationship between Fernandez and the team.
Samson also confirmed that the Marlins Sunday game against the Atlanta Braves would be canceled. The Marlins will next play on Monday against the New York Mets.
“That smile I’m not going to see anymore. That personality and that love of the game, the love of everything really. He was so accessible too,” said Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman said at Marlins Park after it was confirmed that the Sunday game had been canceled. “The Marlins were done with batting practice [Saturday] but he was still out here talking to everybody and having a great time.”
“I don’t have the words to describe the pain I feel,” remarked retiring superstar, David Ortiz, who canceled a pregame celebration due to the tragedy.