Jose Fernandez

September 27, 2016 at 3:17pm in MLB, Opinion, Top Story

Jose Fernandez

On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game.  Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future.  Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident.  I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated.  Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.

Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins.  In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58.  He also posted 538 strike outs.  This guy could throw heat and he was very electric.  In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now.  Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016.  Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality.  This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun.  He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader.  He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him.  Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions.  Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.

Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too.  Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times.   On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat.  The person he saved turned out to be his mother.  At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that.  Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay.  Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother.  His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio.  After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch.  Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.

Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind.  One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.  That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being.  The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move.  He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team.  Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.

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Marchands stays a Bruin for 8 more years. (cbc.ca)

It looks like Brad Marchand will remain a Bruin for the considerable future as he has just been signed to a new 8 year contract extension worth $49 million, according to multiple sources. Continue reading Brad Marchand Resigns with Bruins for 8 years $49 million »

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1.Patriots vs Dolphins

  • Suh is looking to hurt someone
  • Would you do this trade – Jimmy G (at his highest value right now) to Cleveland for a first and second round pick and sign Hoyer or Matt Hasselback with the goal of going 1-2 until Brady is back
  • Why not just leave Gronk out until the halfway point
  • Patriot predictions – 17-13 Pats which includes a defensive or special teams TD / over under beers drank before game in parking lot 4,621,364 / Kraft sightings – 4 / Logan Ryan interception /
  • By the way I heard from a bunch of you – there were two Kraft sightings in Arizona – the streak lives

2. Red Sox –

  • Wow – that should do it – that’s a dagger – Hanley crushed that 99 mph ball
  • The eighth inning ended at 10:18 and the ninth inning ended at 11:03 – 45 minutes
  • Someone named Robbie Scott gave the Red Sox three shutout innings

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hanley Wow! / Look Out for Suh / Spitting on National Anthem now a Fad! »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

  • One of the big regular season wins in Belichick era
  • Conceivably the Patriots were missing five of their top six offensive players – No Brady, Gronk, Lewis, Solder, Vollmer / on the road / against the NFC favorite / And a couple of calls went against them – and still win
  • Handed them two TD’s with fumbles and still won
  • This coming from a white guy, but the black fist by Bennett and McCourty doesn’t that mean black power, which speaks to them supporting fractions within America instead of working on bringing people together
  • Fifth straight season Gronk won’t play 16 games
  • I think if you can only sign two of next year’s three free agents you let Hightower go because he’s injury prone and sign Butler and Collins
  • Two big fumbles – wait to Pats haters (Felger) starts talking about the air pressure
  • Brady should sue
  • Didn’t like Edelman knocking down chain gang member and Blount spiking the ball into ref and no apologies or help up
  • Another huge underdog and they win
  • Great catch by Fitzgerald in end zone
  • Brilliant timeouts by Arizona with four minutes left / bad use of timeouts by Belichick
  • I was off on both predictions – Pats win and Jimmy G over 85 qb rating
  • One week closer to Gronk, Brady, Lewis, Ninkovich

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Jimmy G in the house, Team Overcomes Fumbles, 9/11 »

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World Cup of Hockey is set to begin next week. (ajournalofmusicalthings.com)

The last time the NHL hosted a World Cup tournament the year was 1996. Independence Day was the number one movie in America, Seinfeld was at the peak of it’s popularity, the Dallas Cowboys were actually good, and I was just days old. 20 years ago the USA squad, led by Brett Hull and Mike Richter, ran the table against opposing teams and beat the heavily favored Canadian team, led by the ‘Great One’ himself, in the championship series. Now two decades later, the American bunch will look to repeat the success of the ’96 team in this years World Cup of Hockey, which is being held in Toronto, and earn ultimate bragging rights in this highly anticipated preseason tournament. Continue reading The Ultimate World Cup of Hockey Preview »

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1. Red Sox – Pedroia:

  • 27 for his last 51 (.529) over last 12 games – insane
  • 10 multi hit games out of 12
  • 43 for his last 94 (.457) over his last 22 games – insane

2. Patriots

  • Predict score of 24-13, Arizona (Chandler Jones is huge in September – as long as he keeps his clothes on at the local police station)
  • Jimmy G QB rating under 85%
  • Krafts find a way on to TV screen
  • They go 2-2 during suspension / 4-4 over first eight games / end up strong 11-5 losing home field advantage in AFC Conference Championship
  • DJ Foster is a difference maker until Lewis gets back
  • Patriots could have the most radical offense ever putting tight ends out wide and wide receivers in the slot – who could cover Bennett, Gronk Harbor and Derby at the same time
  • Hogan has more catches this year than Amendola

3. Standing around the NFL:

  • The Seattle team not standing for the National Anthem will be a low point in sports history – what if you are a Seahawk and want to stand – are you a racist for standing for the National Anthem – Francis Scott Key a lonely nation turns its eyes to you
  • Typical Pete Carroll with no control – if he takes a knee I would have him banned for life
  • Someone give John Tortorella the President’s medal of Freedom

4. Picks this weekend:

College Football: Pick of the week – Army giving 9 to Rice / I sort of like – just a little U Mass getting 17 against Boston College

NFL – Like Jets getting 2.5 from Cincy

5. Bringing talents to………Joe Montana:

Kansas City…….61% completion / 29 TD to 16 INT

San Fran…………64% completion / 244 TD to 123 INT

Notre Dame…….52% completion / 25 TD to 25 INT

6. Mt Rushmore of Patriots Kickers:

Vinatieri, Gostkowski, Bahr, Franklin

7. Amazing Stats:

Boston College and U Mass play each other this weekend:

  • U Mass over their last eight games 2-6 – which is better than
  • Boston College over their last eight games 0-8 (and not a whisper of a new coach last offseason)

8. Old School:

Last opening game Brady didn’t start was 2001. Quotes from the Globe prior to that game:

  • Bledsoe, who was elected offensive cocaptain by his teammates Tuesday, said he felt no added pressure to produce after signing the largest contract in NFL history this offseason, a 10-year, $103- million deal
  • But it wasn’t the numbers that convinced Belichick Brady was better- suited to step up in the event of an injury to Bledsoe. It was Brady’s ability to direct the offense, which he did well even last year as a rookie.
  • “I don’t think there was any question in anybody’s mind that Tom had clearly taken over the leadership of that entire group [of last year’s rookies] – offense, defense, everybody that was involved,” said Belichick. “I think he was well-respected.
  • “Tom has a lot of natural leadership. [It] was something that all those players saw and looked up to, and it was easy to see that it was a natural thing for him and he was very comfortable doing it.”

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Greatest women voices:

  • Barbara Streisand
  • Julie Andrews
  • Maria Callas
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Whitney Houston
  • Donna Summers
  • Patsy Cline

10. Randomocity:

  • Isn’t American League Manager of the year down to Francona and Girardi?
  • If Hillary was being fed answers through her earpiece during the event the other night – that is the worst cheating on a test ever
  • Brady getting suspended is one of the worst New England losses ever
  • Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang is no Sound of Music
  • Do you know the Patriots have no 4th round pick (stolen), 5th round pick, 6th round pick or 7th round pick this year?

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1. Red Sox:

* I hope not a sign of things to come but Moncada was on the field two minutes and disobeyed a coach running through the stop sign at third base (error and picked off on Sunday)

* Sandy Leon is on pace to hit over .350 this year – its only been done 17 times in Red Sox history (Williams – 5 / Boggs -5 / Speaker – 2 / Nomar -2)

* I was ready to start calling Rodriguez Tony Eason but not after that performance – if he lets that ground ball through he has a no-hitter

2. Patriots:

Rob Ninkovich – almost wrote four weeks ago that a torn bicep is a steroid injury. The muscle mass can’t be supported by the tendons. Ted Johnson tore his twice. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Almost No Hitter, Ninkovich Somehow Turned into Athlete, Hillary’s Phones »