As the baseball world prepares to say goodbye to one of its great young stars, MLB Network host Paul Severino dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the life and death of Jose Fernandez, as well as the life and deaths of Fernandez’s friends.
“Every life is precious,” Severino said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “There’s no doubt about it. Before I even get into Jose Fernandez, I think we need to say that two other lives were lost that night, too. I don’t think that that should go unnoticed or unmentioned or forgotten.”
Indeed, Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero – two long-time friends of Fernandez – were also killed in the boating accident early Sunday morning.
“(It) was shocking,” Severino said of the accident. “To me, it was eerily reminiscent of Thurman Munson.”
Munson, a catcher for the Yankees, died in a plane crash in August 1979.
“That was before my time, but it reminded me of Thurman Munson,” Severino said. “A midseason tragic accident, a guy who was the heart and soul of a team, seeing the emotions of the Marlins these past couple of days, Bobby Murcer’s walk-off the first night after having buried a teammate and a brother – it’s just mind-boggling.”
Fernandez was indeed the heart and soul of the Marlins, but he was also one of the best pitchers in baseball. He went 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and had 253 strikeouts in 182 and 1/3 innings this year.
“He was having such a good season,” Severino said. “He’s not going to be far from discussions for Cy Young. Not that that should even be part of the discussion, but he would have had one more start. It’s just a weird thing, and it’s unfortunate. The win the Marlins had the other night was great. It’s really sad. It really is.”
Fernandez’s funeral will be held Thursday.