Jose Fernandez stepped on to the mound this season as a big league pitcher, dominating batters enough to garner the Rookie of the Year award. Still, seeing his beloved grandmother once again is the highlight of his year.
More remarkable than his nasty stuff on the mound is the fact that he tried three times to leave Cuba. On the fourth attempt, he decided to jump overboard when an anonymous passenger hit the water.
As the video states, a 15-year-old Fernandez was rewarded for his selfless act by realizing the person overboard was his mother.
Eventually, the two would make it to Mexico and later Florida, but he left behind the matriarch that taught him a great deal about the game.
Finally, while giving an interview, Fernandez finally got to see and embrace his grandmother.
And now we have to ask, what is this salty discharge?
We haven't sobbed like this since the last time we watched Marley & Me. As we watch the beauty of Fernandez once again getting to hug his grandma and play some baseball with her, we can't help but notice we have turned into a sobbing pile of emotional effluence.
Fernandez, one of the sparkling aspects of an otherwise dreary season for the Marlins, posted 12 wins, a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in just 172.2 innings pitched.
The ROY award was well deserved but pales to the treat he received right before he was announced the winner. In a very fitting moment, the woman Fernandez claims taught him how to catch a baseball was there to watch him take home the prestigious award.
Thanks, MLB. Now we are rendered useless for the rest of the day.
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