The sports world suffered two losses since I last posted. Two individuals who took up the titles of leader, role model, and pioneer for their respective sports. One changed the light of how we view this sport, Arnold Palmer, and another who was on pace for a hall of fame career, Jose Fernandez.
Jose Fernandez, Pitcher for the Miami Marlins passed away this passed Sunday morning in a tragic boating accident off the coast of Miami, Florida. At the moment, there is little knowledge as to causes of the accident other than it was dark and the driver couldn’t see the rocks ahead. Fernandez was having a tremendous season, 16-8 with a 2.87 ERA and a MLB high average of 12.49 strikeouts a game. Originally from Cuba, Fernandez had seen his share of adversity being jailed as a teenager for a defect attempt. In another attempt it is reported that Fernandez saved the life of another defectee who had fallen overboard. This hero made it to the US in 2008 at age 15 and has arisen to every challenged he faced. In 78 career starts, Fernandez went 38-17, recording 589 strikeouts in 4711/3 innings, and a 2.58 ERA. He leaves behind an expectant daughter who I’m sure will be proud of the father who passed before her time. RIP JOSE FERNANDEZ, YOU’LL BE MISSED.
Let’s take a look back at his historic season.
Arnold Palmer, in my mind, is the Jerry West of basketball, Vince Lombardi of football, Babe Ruth of baseball, or the Wayne Gretsky of Hockey for golf. He was the standard and it was because he lived it in and outside of the country club. He lived a very long and fruitful life, one on the opposite end of the spectrum in contrast to Fernandez. However, greatness doesn’t have to know an age, yet in consideration of how much Palmer accomplished in his 87 years, I food diary a clip that will do much better in telling the story.
I would just like to thank each of these men for being exemplary role models in their respective professions and showing us all how to let your athlete arise.