The Chicago Cubs swarmed the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-2 for their 100th win of the season. One man, Albert Almora Jr. wrote the initials JF16 on his hat for Miami Marlins ace, Jose Fernandez. A superstar who tragically lost his life over the weekend.
I’m aware that stories regarding Fernandez and his accident are floating all over the internet as we speak. Yes, this is a website dedicated to Chicago Cubs news but this loss hurts everyone who loves the sport of baseball.
Whenever Fernandez took the mound, you knew something special was going to happen. Full of passion, fire, excitement, talent, etc. Jose was going to give you his all in every phase of the game.
Heck, he even went deep twice in his short career. Honestly, that was really heartbreaking to write.
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Yet, while the Cubs were handling their business against the Pirates, Miami was making Fernandez proud in their contest. Dee Gordon got things going with a towering home run out to right field and broke down in tears when he touched home plate.
Surely, an emotional scene as Gordon rounded third touched home plate and immediately broke down into tears. In addition, the New York Mets broadcast team also broke down while speaking about Fernandez. Both videos will be posted at the end of the article so you can check them out yourselves.
Tribute To A Friend
Before the game, eight starters stood out next to the mound to pay tribute to their fallen teammate, friend, and brother. They would go on to win by the final score of 7-3.
Now, back to our Cubs. Kris Bryant finally eclipsed 100 career RBI with his 39th home run of the season. His two-run homer in the sixth started a six-run inning and put him at 101 RBI for the year. Also, Javier Baez launched his second grand slam of the campaign — his 14th big fly which busted things wide open.
Javier’s bomb made it a 5-0 game in the fourth and it was smooth sailing for Kyle Hendricks the Cubs from there on. As mentioned earlier, videos from last night’s Marlins/Mets game were going to be posted.
Usually, we include Cubs tweets and a few videos — if possible, but today is going to be different. Videos courtesy of MLB.com.
Rest in Peace, Jose Fernandez.