Jose Fernandez: Tragic Details of Star Pitcher's Final Hours Emerge

Ross Houston
October 2, 2016

The Marlins' emotional night proved to be too much for the Mets to overcome as Miami defeated NY 7-3, aided by a dramatic Dee Gordon leadoff home run. Rivero and Hernandez had only been friends for a few months. "I don't have kids, so that was the best moment of my life - hitting that homer for him".

"That guy would have been on the mound", Gordon said of Fernandez, who had originally been scheduled to start Monday's game.

The 24-year-old Fernandez, a two-time All-Star and 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, was killed early on Sunday in a boating accident, prompting an outpouring of grief around baseball.

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins wearing a Jose Fernandez jersey in honor of the late pitcher during the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park

One boy held a sign that said, "We will always remember you, Jose Fernandez".

In remembrance of their fallen teammate, the entire Miami Marlins roster wore a Jose Fernandez jersey emblazoned with his number, 16.

"Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend".

Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna said Fernandez was very inclusive.

Fernandez contacted Rivero sometime after the Marlins' game against the Atlanta Braves, which ended at 10:30 p.m. ET, and Rivero left a birthday party to join him.

Details about the night that led Fernandez and two friends, Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias to take the boat out for a late night spin began emerging Monday night when Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan published a text message exchange between Rivero and another friend Will Bernal.

The boat carrying the men smashed into a jetty on Miami Beach Sunday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Kaught Looking - spelled with a backward K, to symbolize a batter striking out without swinging - was a 32-foot SeaVee vessel that can reach top speeds of between 50 and 65 miles per hour, depending on its engine size. Klepper said that report would be part of the wildlife commission's completed investigation.

After defecting from Cuba, Fernandez starred at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa and was drafted by the Marlins 14th overall in the 2011 draft.

American Social Bar & Kitchen spokeswoman Dana Rhoden said in an email that Fernandez was there before the accident. The bar is along the Miami River and allows boats to dock alongside. Toxicology results have not been released.

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