Sunday was a sad day for everyone. In case you missed Sunday here is what happened from my point of view in a nutshell:
I was driving to MetLife to watch the Giants vs. Redskins at 1:00pm, when my friend in the backseat goes, “you’re not going to believe who just died.” When he said Jose Fernandez I almost stopped the car.
Fernandez passed away late Saturday night in a boating accident and was scheduled to pitch on Monday. In case you’re unaware Jose Fernandez was a pitcher on the Miami Marlins and was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. He means a lot to the Cuban community and his death is being compared to the one of Cuban Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
Fernandez is top ten in wins and ERA this year, and second to Max Scherzer in strikeouts. He had a live fastball around 96mph and a devastating slider that would fool people left and right. His changeup and other breaking balls were untouchable as well. Fernandez could have been a sure fire hall of famer, and it is devastating that he passed away at the age of 24. Fernandez was about to be a father as well.
The Marlins game against the Braves Sunday was cancelled and the next game they played was against the Mets Monday night. Every Marlin would wear a Jose Fernandez jersey in his honor. The Marlins first at bat of the game Dee Gordon took the first pitch in the righty batters box wearing Fernandez’s helmet to honor him. On the third pitch batting lefty Gordon hit his first home run of the year, and ran the bases in tears. Marlins went onto win the game 7-3.
After learning this sad news I would then be let down by the Giants. The Giants looked dominant the whole game against the Redskins and then lost it. Giants jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead and ended up losing the game 29-27. Their defense did a complete 360 from last week. Giants were decimated by penalties, and let up the big plays down field to the Redskins. Eli Manning threw two crucial interceptions, one in the red zone and one on what could have been the game winning drive, which ended the game.
Giants also got beat up this Sunday. They lost CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a groin injury and first round pick Eli Apple to a hamstring injury. If the Giants just lost 2/3 of their top corners for some time, things are not looking too good. Giants also lost RB Shane Vereen to a triceps tare, and he is expected to be out for the rest of the season. Giants are also waiting on RB Rashad Jennings to return from his hand injury.
When I walked in the door to watch the end of the Jets game I was able to make it home to see half of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s interceptions. Fitzpatrick completed more passes to the Chiefs than he did to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined. Even though I am not a Jet fan and I thought it was pretty funny to see Fitzpatrick throw six interceptions in a 24-3 loss, it was pretty unwatchable for Jets fans.
Lastly, the great Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday night at 87 years old. The king won 62 titles on the PGA Tour, including four Masters, a U.S. Open title, two British Open titles, a 4-time Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour, and won 10 titles on the Champions Tour. This includes a Senior U.S. Open title, two Senior PGA Championship titles, and two Senior Tournament Players Championship titles. Arnold Palmer will live on in golf forever, as well as in our refrigerators.