Jose Fernandez left much behind in Cuba when he defected with his mother and sister five years ago at age 15. He's gained a lot since moving to the United States, though. Not only freedom, but a career with the Miami Marlins in Major League Baseball, where he recently was named the National League's Rookie of the Year. At age 21, he's in position to be one of the elite pitchers in MLB for years to come.
But until earlier this week, Fernandez had a void in his life — his grandmother, Olga, was still in Cuba. They were reunited Sunday for the first time since his fourth and final attempt to defect, in a meeting Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said he helped facilitate. With all of the negative things we say about Loria, it would be criminal to not give him kudos for helping to make the Fernandez reunion happen.
As you can see in the video, which is worth watching in total, Fernandez could have been knocked over with a feather, he was so stunned, when she walked into the room.
If you don't tear up a little while watching the video, your tear ducts have defected.
"She's the love of my life ... my everything," Fernandez said.
Olga also is more of a baseball fan than Fernandez's mother, he said. So she got a kick, probably, out of seeing Marlins Park, walking on the pitcher's mound and catching a glimpse of the Home Run device in center field.
"She's a baseball freak," Fernandez said in the video.
How awesome is that? Not only did Jose Fernandez gain a grandma, but the U.S. gained another baseball freak. Way to go, L ... L ... Loria.
There is no way i could ever thank Jeff Loria for all he has done for me!! He gave me a chance and now my grandma! pic.twitter.com/eQ5D0Dlkyv
— jose fernandez (@josefernandez77) November 11, 2013
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