Grab a tissue because this is going to tug at your heartstrings in a major way.
Maritza Gómez Fernández, the mother of the late Jose Fernandez, turned to Miami Herald to pen an emotional and heartfelt message to fans of the Marlins pitcher. "Jose Fernandez is my only child. I shared him with an entire community who also loved him," she began. "My pain is profound. I know yours is, too. You loved him like a son, grandson, brother and friend; even those who never met him. You valued him as a baseball star, but regarded him as one among you."
His mami continued, "Thanks to this great country that welcomed us, my son achieved his dream of reaching Major League Baseball and becoming a U.S. citizen. He never stopped loving Cuba deeply, but the United States was an inspiration for him." Fernandez was born in Cuba on July 31, 1992 and immigrated with his mother and sister to the U.S. in 2007, after failing to defect three times prior.
Gómez Fernández continued her letter by thanking those who loved her son for giving her the strength to get through such a tragic and difficult time.
"I’ve been sustained by your love for my son. As his mother, thank you for that blessing. On behalf of my family, especially my mother, thank you for your prayers for him, Maria, and my granddaughter in her womb. I want to thank the community for supporting us in this, the most difficult moment of our lives. The love we’ve received helps us cope with this harsh reality," she wrote.
"I want to thank his Marlins family, Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, Michael Hill, his coaches, trainers and teammates over the years. I also want to thank his agent, Scott Boras. The moments he shared with all of you filled him with joy. At the Marlins, his dreams were highlighted and others were reached. It was there where he interacted with fans, offered his smile, and his joy for baseball."
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