My favorite memory of Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez, of course, is from Legends of Wrestling Night at Marlins Park, circa 2015.
Manager, music mogul, entertainment impresario Uncle Louie knows Jose, and he asked Rey Rey of Rey Rey Championship Belts to design a special pro wrestling style world championship belt.
Jose’s birthday shared Legends of Wrestling Night that year. They presented the customized belt to him on the field pregame.
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You can see how much Jose appreciated the gift, and you can hear it in his voice. He was super excited, showing it to coaches and teammates in the dugout.
One big reason of several why Jose was so good for the game of baseball is how he interacted with fans. After honoring student athletes on the field pregame, I remained, especially with Jose on the mound.
His rookie season (2013) he quickly built a fan base through his enthusiasm and performance. After he pitched another gem at home for the win that night, he signed autographs after the game. This was routine for him after pitching home games his rookie season.
This was not an autograph signing for money. Fans lined up -- like honoree Daniel Perez -- and Jose stood and signed for him and many other fans, kids who remained til game’s end. What athlete does that just after competing? I’ve never seen that on the field after regular season games anywhere. He put so many smiles on kids, people’s faces.
I felt compelled to video this, letting people know how much he appreciated the fans.
BTW, there was a always a long line of kids, and he signed for them all.
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