Bag of Baseballs Autographed by Jose Fernandez Washes Ashore One Mile from Crash Site
Marcell Ozuna Reportedly Declined Invite to Fernandez’s Boat The Night He Died
More details have emerged in the sudden and shocking passing of Miami Marlins 24-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez who tragically lost his life, along with two others, in a boating accident in the early morning hours on Sunday.
Teammate and good friend Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna stated he was supposed to be on the boat that night, but an obligation to his wife and kids prevented him from being there, ultimately saving his life in the process.
“That night I told (Fernandez), ‘Don’t go out,’” Ozuna told Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald. “Everybody knew he was crazy about that boat and loved being out on the water. I told him I couldn’t go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me.
“He told me if I didn’t hear from him by 10 a.m. (Sunday) to call him and wake him up so he could get back to the ballpark on time for the game. I told him, ‘yeah no problem, I’ll call you.’ I woke up Sunday and that’s when I found out. I cried and cried.
“When I got (to Marlins Park) and saw everyone so serious, I just shut down. I didn’t think my brother would be gone so soon.”
Fernandez had recently shared of a photo of his girlfriend on Instagram stating she was pregnant with his child.
“I hope one day I get to meet his daughter and get the chance to tell her what her father was like,” Ozuna said. “He loved my son and he was so excited to see his baby girl born. I was so happy for him. My brother was going to have his baby. It hurts me so much that he won’t get to see her grow up.”
The entire squad wore Fernandez’s #16 jerseys and according to team owner Jeffrey Loria, the number will never be worn again as they plan on retiring it for good.