Angels and A's Remember Jose Fernandez, and Others Gone Too Soon

Prior to Monday night's game, both the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A's remembered Jose Fernandez, along with others gone too soon.

ANAHEIM -- A moment of silence. It's only a brief time, but it can be a way of healing.

Angel Stadium, along with multiple other stadiums across the country, had their public address announcer ask for a moment of silence. The crowd at Angel Stadium stood silent, all staring at an image.

The image posted on the big screen was of Jose Fernandez, who's untimely death shocked the baseball world on Sunday morning. A boating accident took the life of one of the most energetic and talented pitchers in the game.

In the picture, Jose was smiling, that signature smile that only brings you to a smile yourself.

As the crowd was thanked, a fan finalized the silence yelling to a silent stadium, "We love you, Jose."

For many in the stadium, players, coaches, and fans, the moment was to honor Jose Fernandez.

Just hours earlier across the country, the Miami Marlins honored Fernandez in their own way. For some at Angel Stadium, it was a moment to honor past friends.

Pitching for the Angels on Monday night was Jered Weaver. A man who lost a teammate and friend seven years prior.

Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver in 2009, just hours after pitching for the Angels. The baseball world was shocked then, as it is now.

However, baseball still had to be played. The Angels did not play the following day, similar to Miami, but did the day after.

Though the team had not moved on, the game did.

"This game has a crazy way of sucking you in," said Angels manager, Mike Scioscia. "When they're out there playing there's not a lot of things that are going to distract you, but something like this weighs so heavy on you that when there's dead time in the game and you're gonna feel it."

The Angels still remember Nick Adenhart, and the Marlins will continue to remember Jose Fernandez.

Monday's opponent for the Angels came in the form of the Oakland A's. A team with similar feelings.

Just months prior to the game on Monday night, in late April, the team lost minor league pitcher, Sean Murphy. He was 27-years-old.

"It reminds you how fragile everything is," said A's reliever, Sean Doolittle. "It's a reminder that you don't know how much time you have here and you have to go out and enjoy every second of it and get the most of it that you can."

The wound is fresh for Doolittle, who was a close friend and teammate of Murphy. It's not a cut that will easily heal, and the healing process has only just started despite months of baseball in between.

"I don't know if you're ever going to totally get over it," Doolittle said. "How do you have closure from something like that? It's tough to close the book on it or turn the page. It's something that's always in the back of your mind."

Though time will pass, and baseball will be a constant, the Miami Marlins will never forget Jose Fernandez. Baseball as a whole may find a way to move on, but the hardest part is for those closer than teammates and fans.

"Realizing that a chair is gonna be empty at Thanksgiving, a chair empty at Christmas," said Scioscia. "All of the things you take for granted as a family, that's heartbreaking."

Jose Fernandez will not see the birth of his child. His mother, and grandmother, and other loved ones will not see him at the times all family comes together.

The healing will not be easy, but it can be done. Baseball can be the healing tool.

"You have to find a way to deal with it," said Scioscia, "and then continue to work and continue to go out there and play."

Many of will never forget Jose Fernandez. Though there is no sign as to how to move forward, we have to. It's part of the healing process, moving forward.

Remember the smile, remember the charisma, and remember it all with a smile yourself, in a moment of silence.


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