Jose Fernandez Told Giancarlo Stanton They’d Be Yankees Teammates Before He Passed
On September 25th, 2016, Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident off the coast of Miami. The young pitcher had a bright future in front of him, and his former teammate Giancarlo Stanton revealed that Fernandez had plans beyond Miami that included the Marlins slugger as well.
Stanton spoke at a dinner meant to honor him as the 2017 NL MVP, and during the event he shared Fernandez’s plans for the future in his speech.
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Details on the speech, according to CBS Sports:
To summarize, Stanton says that at the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego, Fernandez told him they’d both be starting the 2017 All-Star Game in Miami, that Stanton would hit 60 home runs in 2017, that Stanton would win the NL MVP Award in 2017, and that if things didn’t work in Miami they’d both wind up on the Yankees after Fernandez signed with them as a free agent.
That’s quite the prognostication on Jose’s part, but sadly things turned out differently. While Stanton has since been traded to the Yanks, Fernandez was under contract with the Marlins until 2019. At that point, if his success had continued, we would have likely seen the Yankees fulfill his side of the prophecy as well.