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Tony La Russa

Remembering Jose Fernandez and his love for the game

Remembering Jose Fernandez and his love for the game

Before Jose Fernandez ever stepped on a major league mound, he had overcome more obstacles in his teenage years alone than some have to face in a lifetime.

Now, that life has been cut short. One of the game’s best young stars and fun-loving personalities, Fernandez was killed Sunday morning in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach at the age of 24.

Even a day later, I still have a hard time typing those words, because there weren’t many people I’ve ever met on or off a baseball field who were more full of life than Fernandez.

I saw Fernandez before he became a star, watching him grow at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., while covering...