Heat to pay tribute to Jose Fernandez in pregame ceremony (pics)
The Miami sports community — and the sports world at large — suffered a heartbreaking blow when Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez tragically died in a boating accident in late September at the age of 24. The sudden death left the Marlins reeling and Major League Baseball in a state of mourning.
As a way to help Miami community mourn the sudden and devastating loss, the Heat will pay tribute to the beloved pitcher during a pregame ceremony ahead of Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena.
Heat will hold a ceremony to honor Jose Fernandez tonight and also have a moment of silence and wear shooting shirts in his honor.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) October 11, 2016
As noted in the tweet from the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman above, the Heat will don shirts during warmups bearing Fernandez’s initial and his No. 16.
Tonight, the @MiamiHEAT will pay tribute to a special guy with these shooting shirts. #JDF16 pic.twitter.com/hOvjZUAG1f
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 11, 2016
The Heat previously mourned over Fernandez shortly after word spread of his death.
We send our our deepest condolences to Jose Fernandez's family and to the Miami Marlins. Rest In Peace.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 25, 2016
The tributes to Fernandez have come from every corner throughout the sports world, specifically from teams in Florida. Tuesday night’s exhibition game marks the first time the Heat were able to honor Fernandez and it’s safe to say the Marlins organization and its fans appreciate the gesture.