Growing up my Dad always talked about how great of a player Thurman Munson was and of course I never questioned it, because my Dad was the ultimate authority on all things sports.  According to my Dad, he was one of the best catchers to ever play the game, he played it the way it was meant to be played.  He was the epitome of a Captain/Catcher, hard nosed, full of grit, determination, above all he played the game with an immeasurable heart and passion.  On August 22nd, 1979 we lost one of the greats in his prime and yesterday our baseball generation suffered a similar loss with the passing of Jose Fernandez.  JFer was an intense competitor, he was the spark that ignited everyone around him, he played the game with that contraversial Cuban attitude and in my opinion he truly loved the game of baseball.  He was the type of player you either loved or loved to hate, there was no in between when it came to JFer.  I’m sure there’s a number of old school baseball critics that didn’t appreciate his playing style, but shame on them, because he was one of the brightest young stars to play the game.  Whether he was on the mound striking out hitters in bunches, chirping at opponents on the bench while he was rehabbing or showing off that Cuban flair while rounding the bases, JFer was electric!  JFer’s competitive fire burned so hot that he immediately became must watch TV anytime he was playing and he was an absolute Beast in DK when he was toeing the mound at home.  He’s truly going to be missed in every aspect of the game and I hope that one day I can speak about Jose Fernandez in the same manner my dad spoke about Thurman Munson. Rest In Peace Jose D Fernandez you were one of the good one’s, you’re what every young Cuban baseball player should aspire to be on the field and more importantly off the field, in the game of life.  In honor of JFer I’m skipping the DraftKings games tonight and I’ll be making a donation to ALS as he was a big supporter during his time as a Miami Marlin.  I wish I had the right words to describe this loss to the baseball community, but unfortunately I’d be lying to myself if I could justify losing this Flamethrower.

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Editor’s Note: As an aside, there’ll be no picks for today.  We at Razzball take our fantasy world seriously, but we are feeling that loss of J-Fer pretty big.  We’ll be back at it tomorrow, thank you for reading and for your understanding.

  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Well said!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Grey: Agreed!

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @Grey: Thanks Buddee. Your post was exactly how I felt waking up to that news yesterday. Absolutely gut wrenching.

      • Grey

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        Hideously terrible, awful for anyone that age, but the talent he possessed… Damn…

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @Grey: I’m relieved that drugs and alcohol weren’t a factor. I liked that you pointed out he was always smiling, he looked like he was having the time of his life out there, great way to remember him.

          • Grey

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            Agreed, so sad that he even needs to be remembered

  2. The Hack says:
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    Super classy move. Very well written Teddy.

    You have a marlins link? If I recall this right, you are friends with barraclough?

    I spend at least 340 days a year looking at fantasy baseball. You get to know these players beyond the stats and what can they do for me. I look at the intangibles whether it’s their ability to always give 100% or look effortless in how they do everything. The thing with Jo Fer was you always knew he was going to be okay. TJ? No problem he got this. And he did. Nothing was going to stop him from being one of the best of his generation. A Trout on the mound. He was my favorite pitcher to watch since Nolan. I posted this tweet yesterday and I will again to show how much he was always a kid out there…

    https://twitter.com/AllisonW_Sports/status/780067952838180864

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @The Hack: Thank you Mang! That tweet was great and that picture was amazing! Thank you for sharing that, I might have to get one printed up and hung in my office now. My BF from elementary school coached Barraclough, great kid. A Trout on the mound, great comparison.

      • The Hack says:
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        @Teddy Heater: thanks budddeeeee. Yeah I want to make that pic into a t shirt

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @The Hack: I’m in, I’ll take at least 4-5 if you’re making them

  3. chris Hill says:
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    Hey, just wanted to say great piece kid. I’ve been following you and you have great things to say and have helped me make some good calls. thanKS

    • Teddy Heater says:
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      @chris Hill: Thanks Buddee! Hope the cash keeps flowing for you!

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