Jose Fernandez, a top major league baseball pitcher from the Miami Marlins was killed in a boat crash this past week. The story behind this individual was an inspiration to me, especially coming from someone from a minority social group with the dream to achieve the American Dream with a rags-to-riches story.
Fernandez was native of the country Cuba, having tried to flee the corrupt government in four separate occasions. In his first three attempts, he and his family was defected and caught trying to enter the US without legal documentation. Thrown in a prison of drug smugglers, criminals, and fellow illegal immigrants, Jose was only 15 years old when he was forced to survive the tough conditions, extreme poverty and violence of these environments. By the time he migrated to Florida from Cuba two years later, he promptly trained and worked towards a career in major league baseball which was his dream since childhood. By the year 2011, he was drafted by the Miami Marlins and quickly became one of the team’s top pitchers within the major league. Slowly becoming successful, he applied and was granted US citizenship by 2015 and also looked forward to starting a family with his girlfriend, who was already 4 months expecting.
Yet, his life was unexpectedly cut short when his boat overturned on a rock and fatally crashed. According to various media reports, intoxication of alcohol or possessions of drugs/misbehavior was not a cause of the crash.
Therefore, it was heartbreaking to read how this man’s life which was heading towards the right direction, achieving his idea of the American Dream all came to a sudden standstill because the fate of death. His story had impacted me directly because it made me realize how significant the meaning of life is because we never know how what we’ve worked for all along could be gone by tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend and his family/friends.
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