‘A lot of pain’: Marlins cope with Fernandez’s death

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. MIAMI (AP) – Jose Fernandez’s name and number showed on the video screen at Marlins Park on Monday when his teammates took the field, preparing to face the New York Mets without him.Fernandez made his major league debut against the Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night. Instead, Miami mourns and the Marlins are pushing on without their 24-year-old ace, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday.“Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain,” third baseman Martin Prado said. “Somehow we’ve got to overcome that.”His death sent shock waves throughout Major League Baseball. Fernandez and two other men were killed when his 32-foot SeaVee slammed into a rock jetty that extends off the southern tip of South Beach. A Coast Guard crew going out on patrol discovered the wreck at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.The boat landed upside down, with its engines partially submerged, its bow pointed skyward and debris scattered over the large jagged rocks.The exact time of the accident and who was behind the wheel have yet to be determined, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. There’s no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs factored into the crash, added a commission spokesman, Lorenzo Veloz.Also killed were Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, according to Darren Caprara, operations director of the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office. The medical examiner will establish the cause of death for all of the victims.Fernandez is the registered owner of the vessel. The wreck was taken from the scene to a secure facility where investigators will examine the evidence, the commission’s statement said.All of the Marlins players planned to wear Fernandez’s No. 16 in Monday’s game, the team said.Fans established a memorial on the plaza outside the ballpark entrance, leaving dozens of flower arrangements – daisies, carnations, roses and lilies, the result as colorful as Fernandez’s personality. There were also candles, and messages scrawled on balls, balloons, photos and jerseys.Fernandez won the NL Rookie of the Year award and became a two-time All Star; he also was expecting his first child, with his girlfriend. But his backstory made his death even more heart-wrenching: He escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.The Marlins canceled their Sunday afternoon game against Atlanta, but there were pregame tributes and moments of silence for him throughout both leagues. Many teams hung jerseys with his name and number.“This was not only one of the greatest pitchers in the modern game, but one of the finest young men you’d ever meet, who played the game with passion and fun and enjoyed being out there,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.Marlins players and team officials gathered to grieve together; some failed to hold back their tears.“All I can do is scream in disbelief,” said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a Marlins executive and native of Cuba. “Jose won the love of all. I feel as if I had lost a son.”Nighttime speed limits have been established in the waters off Miami for holidays but officials have resisted requiring licenses and safety training for adult boaters, said Terry Claus, a fishing charter captain who advocated for tougher safety regulations after a July 4, 2014, crash in Biscayne Bay killed four people.News photos of the boat involved in Fernandez’s death appear to show that it had blue interior lights, a decorative feature that – if they were on – could have impaired the driver’s vision, Claus said.“You’re surrounded by all this blue light, and you can’t see what’s in front of you,” Claus said, adding that a boater safety course would have explained the danger.“Those blue lights are supposed to be on at the dock to make the boat look pretty, but when you’re on the ocean, everyone can see you but you can’t see anyone else.”Wildlife commission spokesman Rob Klepper said he could not confirm whether the vessel had interior lights that may have impaired the driver’s vision.Miami’s Government Cut is a busy channel for cargo and cruise ships, smaller fishing boats and personal watercraft. At 3:15 on Sunday, it was nearing high tide and the jetty that protects its entrance was partially submerged.So if the boat was going fast enough for the bow to rise out of the water, “then it’s very possible that he could not see any of those rocks in front of him,” Claus said.Also, while the area is well lit at night by South Beach’s neon hotels and condominiums, this also creates a glare that can make spotting a safe route through the channel more difficult, Claus said.“Especially if you’re going fast, there’s too much to take in,” Claus said. “There’s a lot of lights, there’s a lot of markers for the cruise ships – red lights flashing, green lights flashing, white lights flashing, and there’s a lot of boats running around. You have to be alert, and you have to slow down.”A native of Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernandez spent months in prison after trying to defect. At 15, he and his mother finally made it to Mexico, and were reunited in Tampa, Florida, with his father, who had escaped from Cuba two years earlier.The Marlins drafted him in 2011, and Fernandez was in the majors two years later at 20. He went 38-17 in his four seasons with Miami, winning the NL’s Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and was twice an All-Star.Last week Fernandez posted a photo of his girlfriend sporting a baby bump on his Instagram page, announcing that the couple was expecting its first child.Fernandez became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami thanks to his success and exuberant flair. When he wasn’t pitching, he would hang over the dugout railing as the team’s lead cheerleader.“When I think about Josie, it’s going to be thinking about a little kid,” Manager Don Mattingly said, pausing repeatedly to compose himself. “I see such a little boy in him … the way he played. … Kids play Little League, that’s the joy Jose played with.”Mattingly then wiped away tears, and he wasn’t alone. Author: AP SHAREcenter_img ‘A lot of pain’: Marlins cope with Fernandez’s death Published: September 26, 2016 6:41 PM EDT Updated: September 26, 2016 10:35 PM EDT last_img read more

Cougars have a couple of ways to make the playoffs

first_img“I like it when there’s still something to play for this late in the season,” said Campbell Football Coach Justin Price just before practice started Wednesday afternoon.   Had the Cougars defeated Clinton last Friday night, they would be playing for seeding this Friday night.  Now the Orange-n-Blue are just fighting to make a sixth straight post season appearance.Price says a win will do it.  Though should Campbell fall to West and Karns defeat Clinton, the Cougars will still make the playoffs.  A West win and a Clinton win will do the Cougars in.West has been very competitive but has not been able to closeout games.  Price adds that they know how to win.The Rebels are 3 & 6 while Campbell is 4 & 5.  Each team is 2 & 3 in the region.West kept Campbell at bay last October on Bill Wilson Field.  The Rebs won 27 to 20.Coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network begins Friday at 7:00 pm over AM 1450, FM 100.9 and 1450wlaf.com. The Cougars on WLAF are brought to you by these outstanding corporate partners:   Alco Builders and Realty – Tracy Lobertini, B & M Tires, Byrge Screen Printing, Charley’s Pizza, Community Trust Bank, Cumberland Gap Medical, Doyle’s Tire Shop, E.E. Hill & Son Insurance, Fazoli’s, First National Bank, Grace Rehab, Gray Insurance – Nationwide, Lace to Pearls, LUB, Norris Lake Insurance – Travis Thompson, PCUD, Peoples Bank of the South, Representative Dennis Powers, Rice Oil – Marathon, Riggs Drug Jacksboro – Chuck Wells, Senator Ken Yager, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, TCAT – Jacksboro, Terry’s Pharmacy, United Cumberland Bank, Valley Roofing.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/25/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Wilshere fires English brigade to Gunners extention

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 20- Arsenal were given a major fillip on Wednesday when they announced that English midfielder Jack Wilshere and four other players have agreed new long-term contracts with the club.Wilshere joins fellow England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson and Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey in committing his future to the Emirates Stadium. “We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts,” manager Arsene Wenger said.“The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the club.“Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group — but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.“Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it’s an extension for a long period for all of them.“I’m a strong believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British players, it’s always easier to keep them together and that’s what we’ll try to achieve going forward.”Arsenal did not reveal details of the lengths of the five players’ new contracts.Wenger will now hope to persuade another England international, winger Theo Walcott, to commit himself to the club, with talks over a new contract for the former Southampton player currently at an impasse.The 23-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the current season, reportedly wants a higher salary and assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play as a striker.Arsenal have endured an arduous season, notably being eliminated from the League Cup by fourth-tier Bradford City last week.However, their 5-2 victory at Reading on Monday took them up to fifth place in the Premier League and they are also in the hat for Thursday’s Champions League last 16 draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more