Marlins P Jose Fernandez reuinited with grandmother in touching scene (video)
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, along with his mother and sister, defected from Cuba in 2008 when he was fifteen years old. This came after three failed attempts that landed the youngster in jail. On one attempt, his mother fell overboard during the perilous voyage, and Fernandez had to jump into the ocean to save her.
But finally, through much trial and tribulation, Fernandez made it to the United States and eventually, after standing out during his time playing baseball at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the Miami Marlins in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 28 games during the 2013 season, Fernandez was spectacular, compiling a 12-6 ERA with a 2.19 on a terrible ball club, so fantastic of a campaign that he beat out Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig for National League Rookie of the Year honors, which were announced on Monday.
And while his professional baseball career is taking off, Fernandez has one thing that still causes him sadness and regret: How in order for his immediate family to realize their dream of escaping Cuba and settling in the United States, they had to leave his beloved grandmother behind.
On Sunday, while sitting down for an interview in the Marlins clubhouse, the 21-year-old Fernandez received the surprise of his young life, a surprise more than five years in the making.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria — yes that Jeffrey Loria — managed to make some arrangements that helped Fernandez’s grandmother join her grandson in Miami. And the reunion is about as touching and heartwarming of a scene you are bound to see.
Awesome. It’s hard to say given what kind of guy he has demonstrated himself to be, but kudos to Loria for pulling this reunion together. And congratulations to Fernandez and his grandmother and the entire Fernandez family, who are once again together.
[H/T Hardball Talk]