Sep 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (right) talks with teammate starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (left) during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The next 24 hours should be incredibly magical for Jose Fernandez. The Marlins pitcher is viewed by many as the front-runner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award and even has an outside chance at the National League Cy Young Award. Yet these next 24 hours will pale next to the last 24 hours that Fernandez has experienced.
On Sunday, Jose was reunited with his grandmother from Cuba. Even more exciting about the reunion was that it was a surprise for Fernandez. Jose was very close to his grandmother and even describes her as “The love of his life”.
Fernandez took to twitter to post about the unexpected reunion.
It is apparent that Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had a significant role in bringing Fernandez’s grandmother to the United States. I am going to refrain from using this moment to take a shot at Loria, and applaud him for making this reunion happen. The oft-maligned owner going out of his way to bring a loved one to this country in time to presumably celebrate winning a prestigious award is a class act for Loria.
I truly hope that I get to read more stories like this being generated from the Marlins owner in the future. With that said, enjoy your evening Jose! I really hope you get to celebrate this award, and many more!