[I have tried to put together my thoughts here. The original news is below.]
I don’t use the word “unbelievably” up there as a standard headline throw-in. I am barely typing these words, because I can’t believe what I’m seeing.
Here are the reports, and then we can all just digest. This is so sad. Jose Fernandez undoubtedly affected so many people – his family, his teammates, Marlins fans, baseball fans, the South Florida community – that it’s overwhelming me with terrible feelings.
Horrific news to report this morning, multiple people inform me that Marlins' pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) September 25, 2016
Sadly, I can confirm that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 25, 2016
Sickening news: Source confirms that #Marlins' Jose Fernandez was killed in boating accident. Statement coming from club shortly.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 25, 2016
Numbness sets in. Fernandez was 24. All we can do is hope that his family, his friends, and his teammates are able to get through this somehow. I couldn’t begin to understand how.
The Marlins have now confirmed the news, and today’s game against the Braves is cancelled.
UPDATE: Maybe I did it mostly to help myself process this news, but I wrote more on Fernandez here.