A few hours ago, the Marlins held a press conference about Fernández, and as you can see by watching the club's President of Baseball Operations, Mike Hill, speak (above), José clearly meant a LOT to that team.
Players, coaches, manager Don Mattingly, and the club's front office executives all gathered in the stadium to meet the media and discuss the tragedy that took place overnight.
It wasn't just Hill breaking down with emotion, though — team President David Samson spoke, too, reading off a statement from him and owner Jeffrey Loria:
"It is with the deepest sorrow that I, together with my family and the entire Marlins organization, mourn the tragic loss of José. Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest. José left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends."
Samson continued, revealing he found out about Fernández's death when he received a phone call from authorities asking him to confirm the pitcher's address, saying:
"As you see around you, no words to describe how this organization feels. José was someone who we've known since he was a drafted young man. When you talk about a tragedy like this, there are no words that come to mind, there's no playbook, there's no words of consolation."
As far as Mattingly was concerned, too, he had to pause multiple times as he held back tears during his time speaking.
"When I think about José, I'll be thinking about that little kid. When I think of José, I see such a little boy, the way he played. There's just joy with him when he played, and when he pitched. And I think that's what the guys will say, too. As mad he would make you with some of the stuff he would do, you just see that little kid. When you watch kids play Little League, that's the joy that José played with and the passion that he felt about playing. That's what I think about."
So, so sad.
Marlins teammate Giancarlo Stanton memorialized Fernández on social media (below):
Rob Schneider just put his foot in his mouth in a MAJOR way. On Monday, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis took to Twitter to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and the Waterboy alum felt the need to chime in for some reason.
The 53-year-old went on social media to try to explain MLK Jr.'s significance to the politician, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of all days.
But, considering the 76-year-old is actually the last surviving member of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders responsible for creating 1963's March on Washington, and has actually PERSONALLY worked with the iconic activist, we're not sure why he needed a history lesson from a man who couldn't keep his CBS sitcom on the air for more than two months...
However, Rob threw in his two cents anyway, saying: