Olga Fernandez, who lives in Cuba, sat behind the Marlins' dugout for Monday's 10-1 victory over Colorado. She wore a Marlins uniform with her grandson's No. 16, and above that was the word ''abuela'' - Spanish for grandmother.
''It really does mean the whole world to be here and see him pitch for the Marlins in a major league game,'' she said. ''To be here tonight is the ultimate feeling of all the emotions - happy, proud, love.''
She sat with her daughter, who is Jose's mom.
Fernandez, a 21-year-old Cuban defector, became the youngest NL opening-day starter since Dwight Gooden in 1986, according to STATS. He tied a team opening-day record with nine strikeouts in six innings, and then got a hug from grandma.
''She told me, 'Good pitching. You've got to throw a lot more strikes, though,''' Fernandez said.