More details have surfaced surrounding the night of Jos├â┬⌐ Fern├â┬índez‘s fatal boat accident.
The Miami Marlins pitcher was reportedly upset after having an argument with his girlfriend — who is pregnant with their first child — so, he asked two friends to join him for an ill-fated boating joyride.
Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias were killed along with the 24-year-old when Fernandez’s 32-foot fishing boat crashed into a jetty early Sunday morning.
According to The Miami Herald, the friends joined the athlete only after his Marlins teammates turned down the offer to go on the late night cruise.
Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna told the publication:
“That night I told him, ├óΓé¼╦£Don’t go out.’ Everybody knew he was crazy about that boat and loved being out on the water. I told him I couldn’t go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me├óΓé¼┬ª He told me if I didn’t hear from him by 10 a.m. (Sunday) to call him and wake him up so he could get back to the ballpark on time for the game. I told him, ├óΓé¼╦£yeah no problem, I’ll call you.’ I woke up Sunday and that’s when I found out. I cried and cried.”
Wow. It’s hard to believe that this tragedy could have been even worse if more people agreed to join.
Instead, Fern├â┬índez contacted Rivero sometime after the Marlins’ game ended (at around 10:30 p.m.) to join him on the boat, and the two then picked up Macias before heading to American Social bar to let loose.
The trio then left the bar at around 2 a.m. and went back out on Fernandez’s boat, 90 minutes before the coast guard discovered the wreckage.
Will Bernal, a close friend of Rivero’s, was texting Rivero after midnight, urging the 27-year-old to get off the boat and “keep Jose cool” amid his spat with his girlfriend.
On Monday, Bernal shared the final text exchange on his Instagram:
Our last phone conversation and text messages last night. I feel sick to my stomach. Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend. This doesn’t sit with me well. I write this with the heaviest heart I’ve ever had. I just lost Tony and now I lost another best friend. I can’t get over this nightmare. I already miss you and our daily conversations. You died being a great friend. You went to be with Jose and help him when he called you. I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn’t feel right and we both knew it. I’m choking on tears writing this, you don’t deserve this. We were just talking about life at the Marlins game and how precious it is. I can’t believe you are gone. The pain I have is unexplainable. I feel guilty that I didn’t do a better job of trying to convince you not get on that boat. You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me. I love you bro, you’ll always be the little brother I never had. I’m in shock, I’m still waiting for you to call me or txt me. We were so excited to celebrate your birthday in Vegas. You were loved by many and I’ll do my best to stay involved with them. Lauren and I will keep you in our prayers. Rest In Peace brother. Love you little bro Eddy Rivero @e_greeneyes #rip #mybrotherfromanothermotherA photo posted by ├ó┬áΓé¼├ó┬áΓé¼├ó┬áΓé¼├ó┬áΓé¼├ó┬áΓé¼├ó┬áΓé¼# Will Bernal (@willbernal) on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:36am PDT
We have no words. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Fernandez, Rivero, and Macias during this difficult time.
[Image via Instagram.]