José Fernández’s Girlfriend Gives Birth To Their Daughter Five Months After His Death

One day before the five-month anniversary of the death of Cuban-born Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, his daughter was born.

Maria Arias, Fernández’s girlfriend, gave birth to their daughter Penelope in Miami, Florida on Friday. Although Fernández never got to lay eyes on his little girl, she carries the name that he picked out for her last August when he and Arias found out they were expecting a girl. Sadly, just one month after choosing his daughter’s name Fernández died in a boating accident.

Fernández died along with two companions on September 25 when his boat was overturned after crashing into a rocky jetty near Government Cut, Florida. He was 24 years old at the time of his death.

At his funeral on September 29, his agent Scott Boras, emotionally described how excited Fernández had been to become a father. “He wanted to know, ‘Am I going to be a good father?'” Boras said. “And I told him, ‘You’re going to be a great father because you’re going to treat your child in the same way that your mother treated you, and you’ll know exactly what to do.’ The next day, he ordered a baseball glove, all those colors he loved, and he put ‘Penelope’ for his unborn daughter [on it].”

Hopefully, Penelope will grow up hearing that story over and over and know that her father loved her even before she was born.

[H/T] Latina: Click here to find out more about the birth of José Fernández’s daughter.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda And His Mom At The Oscars Was The Cutest Thing We Saw Last Night


Lin-Manuel Miranda And His Mom At The Oscars Was The Cutest Thing We Saw Last Night

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Last night, everybody was hoping Lin-Manuel Miranda would take home the Oscar for Best Original Song and become the youngest person ever to achieve EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Unfortunately, those dreams were dashed when “La La Land”‘s “City Of Stars” by Justin Hurwitz, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek took the honor. But don’t feel bad for Miranda. Even though he didn’t reach EGOT status, Miranda appeared to have the time of his life at the 89th Academy Awards.

Lin-Manuel Miranda gave everyone a taste of his Oscars journey Sunday morning with this “cheeky” picture.

Well, good morning to you too, Lin-Manuel!

Closer to showtime, Miranda started to give fans updates on his ride to the Oscars. ❤️

The two made the same fashion statement: ACLU ribbons.

Miranda also kept things super real by getting his Oscar tux at the same place he got his senior prom tux. #DontForgetWhereYouComeFrom

Miranda and his mother made an adorable red carpet couple.

She looks so happy and proud of her baby boy!

He got a special shout out from Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox when they presented the award for Best Film Editing. Rogen and Fox sang “The Schuyler Sisters” from “Hamilton”.

And like anyone else in that position, Miranda totally loved it.


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He also looked hella embarrassed when Jimmy Kimmel called him an “American treasure” and his mom replied, “I know.”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to sit there as the adults talk about you. #NoPressure

He gracefully broke the ice and warmed the stage for Auli’i Cravalho to slay as she sang “How Far I’ll Go”.


What can’t this man do?

And, in the end, Miranda did get an Oscar statue…

It’s made of chocolate. He seems just as happy as we would expect him to be.

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