Before He Passed Away, Jose Fernandez’s Abuelita Reunited With Him And Saw Him Pitch
José Fernández had an incomparable bond with his grandmother.
Posted by MLB on Sunday, September 25, 2016
“Everything I do is for her.”
The recent death of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández was tragic not only because a young, exuberant player lost his life during the prime of his life, but because the 24-year-old had overcome several obstacles to become a U.S. citizen, let alone a baseball superstar.
Fernández tried defecting from Cuba three times before making it to the U.S. on his fourth try — at age 15. His grandmother remained in Cuba, which meant Fernández had to grow up without seeing his abuelita. To honor the memory of Fernández, Major League Baseball recently shared a touching video that illustrates the deep bond he had with his grandmother. After Fernández describes the impact she made in his life, he gets a special surprise — a reunion with his abuelita.