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The Cubs Remember Jose Fernandez

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Kind thoughts on this tragic day.

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The tragic accident that claimed the life of Jose Fernandez threw all of us for a loop Sunday morning.

It’s unbearably sad on so many levels.

No one should die at 24, particularly someone so full of life and hope, and he leaves a pregnant girlfriend behind, so difficult for his family.

Beyond that there are the stories, many told Sunday, of how wonderful a person he was, an even better human being, many said, than he was a ballplayer. The world is a lesser place without him.

The entire baseball family has suffered a loss; Fernandez had many friends and admirers across the game, and his teammates’ faces and tears at the Marlins news conference Sunday morning told a story we never want to hear. The game is a lesser place without him.

I once again pass along my sincere condolences to Jose’s family, friends, teammates and everyone who knew him, even those of us who only watched him pitch. Here is my scorecard from the Cubs/Marlins game at Wrigley Field August 2, 2016, the only game Fernandez ever pitched at Wrigley, and the only time the Cubs defeated him. The only other game Fernandez threw against the Cubs was a dominating outing June 26, 2016 in Miami in which he struck out 13.

I’m devoting the remainder of this article to tributes from the Cubs and Cubs players and other members of the Cubs family via Twitter to Jose Fernandez.

I’m going to finish with this tweet. Watch the video within. It captures Jose Fernandez perfectly — his talent, his personality, his passion for baseball. All will be missed.