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Monday, September 26, 2016

Lee Smith: Farewell to Jose Fernandez, the Kid Who ‘Loved the Baseball’

#RIPJoseFernandez

I watched the game on TV and saw Bonds and Fernandez embrace each other in the dugout and laugh. As the AP reported, Bonds shouted, “I love you.”

“That goes way back, it’s a long story,” Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. “It’s impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, ‘It was the best that I have seen you pitch. I’m impressed.’ To get that from probably one of the best hitters in the history of the game means the world.”

Yes, one of the best hitters ever, but also one of the game’s notorious sourpusses. And yet Fernandez clearly brought the best out of him, joy. Here’s Fernandez photo-bombing Bonds during an interview in June. When the broadcast team alerted Bonds that Fernandez was making fun of him, Bonds turns and grabs him. “He’s like my kid,” says a laughing Bonds.

That sounds right. Critics called the Cuban-born Fernandez a hot dog—he admired his first big-league homer too avidly for the taste of the opposing Atlanta Braves, who cleared the bench after Fernandez touched home—but I think Bonds got it right: Fernandez was a kid, who rightfully enjoyed his own abilities. He also made the most of the opportunities fate put in his way.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: September 26, 2016 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
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