Looking Back On The Life Of Jose Fernandez

Looking Back On The Life Of Jose Fernandez

The sports world lost a huge star.
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I woke up that morning and when I unlocked my phone, I was devastated. A flurry of notifications came from my phone about the death of Jose Fernandéz the night before. He was 24 years old and full of life and happiness. My heart hurt for him, his family and his teammates. He was loved by many and hated by few. I think that is why it was so hard for everybody to accept the fact that he is gone. He made everyone around him happier just by showing his infectious smile.

I remember one day after school, a friend and I noticed Jose was pitching in L.A. that night, which is an hour from where we go to school. It was not even a question at that point, we just got in the car and made our way to L.A. so we could see one of the most exciting pitchers in the game. He threw a shutout that night and that is a night I will never forget.

He carried himself different than other players do. He wanted to be the best and worked hard to get there. After he had Tommy John surgery in 2013 he only came out stronger. A sudden death like this hit the sports world very hard and everybody seemed to be impacted by it.

The Marlins all wore number 16 Fernandéz jerseys to commemorate their fallen player in the next game. Dee Gordon hit a home run to right field in his first at-bat and the place went wild. Gordon doesn't really have much power so this was incredible in itself. He was in tears by the time he crossed home plate and all the other players were as well. He was greeted with hugs from every player and manager in the dugout. This moment will go down as one of the most emotional moments in sports history and it is a scene that will never be matched.

Every team in the majors put up a number 16 Fernandéz jersey in their dugout to commemorate the infectious pitcher. He touched so many lives and he brought communities together in a way that no one else could. His significance to the game cannot be overstated and it hurts to know that a player you went out of your way to see died.

At 24 years old, Jose Fernandéz died in a boating accident along with his 2 other friends. He gave so much happiness to the world and now he will be giving that happiness to another world. Rest in Peace.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The Life Of A Midwest Yankee Fan

My whole life I have been accused of being a bandwagon of a winner.

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Growing up in Indiana, we had the likes of the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts as professional teams to root for. But my team of choice is in one of the most popular cities in the world: the New York Yankees.

My whole life I have been accused of being a bandwagon of a winner and I never quite knew what that meant until I got older. I was born in January of 1998 and by this time the Yankees had one World Series Championship and were looking for more and they would spark a run of four championships in five years. From 1996-2001 the Yankees played in five World Series and won four of them. Even though I was not alive to experience this dynasty, I have seen the movies and the history of these teams and I fell in love with the white and blue pinstripes. The most iconic jersey in baseball history is the Yankee pinstripes, and they were what I wanted to wear one day and as a kid, I dreamed every night of hitting a walk-off home run to win a championship for the Yankees.

But where I grew up I should not have been a Yankee fan, I should have been a Reds fan or Cardinals or even the Cubs, but I knew New York had my heart. I have wanted to go to New York my whole life and the main reason is Yankee Stadium. But my life as a die-hard New York Yankees fan has not been easy especially growing up in Greenwood, Indiana. Everyone despises my team and tells me that all we do is buy our talent and cheat and all these harsh things but they were just jealous because we kept winning. Being the most winning franchise in baseball and having the most championships with 27 of them, we are a hated team and fan base but we are winners.

Watching my favorite team hold up the World Series Championship Trophy in 2009, is a memory I will never forget but not being able to share it with my parents was hard because they are diehard Braves fans, but that satisfaction of being on top of the baseball world again was filled with absolute joy. Each one of my friends hears how much I brag about the Yankees and how I will not stop talking about how much I love them and how often we win. I have always been competitive and wanted to win and what better to be than a fan of a huge winner. The Yankees will always have a special place in my heart and they will always be my team regardless of where I live. Yankee Stadium will forever be on my bucket list and I hope to one day share it with my entire family. Growing up in a smaller town has its ups and downs and sports of many of the ups and in my town, there has been only a handful of Yankees fan like myself that I know of and still regularly talk to in my life. Baseball is one of the greatest events that brings together people and families across the nation and for me it brought me one of the purest loves I have ever had, the love for baseball in New York and the blue and white pinstripes.

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