Cuban baseball fans react to the death of the Cuban-born Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident in Florida. Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Fan: “all Cubans are saddened” by Fernandez’ death
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STORY: Cuban baseball fans on Sunday (September 25) mourned the death of Cuban-born Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez after news broke the pitcher was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida.
The 24-year-old was one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami’s Cuban community as well as to fans back in Cuba who said they were shocked at the news of his sudden death.
“It’s surprising. It gives me goose bumps because even with Saturday, and all his success, it is really just surprising and it’s had a big affect on me. It really hits us Cubans hard because he was our best pitcher in the big leagues. It’s really emotional,” Darel Fernandez said from the stands of a baseball game at Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium.
Fernandez, who was born and raised in Cuba, tried three time to defect to the United States before arriving in the country at age 15 with his mother.
One fan, Lazaro Cardenas, said he had hoped the all-star would have returned to Cuba someday to pitch for the Cuban national team.
“All Cubans are saddened by this loss. Maybe in the future he could have pitched a classic here in our country, wearing the national team’s jersey, who knows,” Cardenas said.
Cuba’s state-controlled media made no mention of Fernandez’s death on Sunday, a standard practice for those who left the island-nation surreptitiously, even though the government restored diplomatic relations with the United States last year.
Fernandez, who as a teenager survived harrowing conditions at sea as he fled Cuba to start a new life in the United States, was one of three men killed when a 32-foot boat collided with a rocky jetty off Miami Beach, the Coast Guard said.
The bodies of Fernandez and the other two men, who were between the ages of 24 and 27, were found on and underneath the boat, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman said at a news conference. The agency is investigating the cause of the incident.