September 25th, 2016. We lost two amazing individuals. Arnold "The King of Golf" Palmer passed away at age 87 and Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died tragically at age 24. Palmer's career easily depicts how much of an impact he had on his sports, but Fernandez left plenty unsaid and unseen. Who knows what Fernandez could've accomplished.
The day started with news of the tragic death of Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez. He passed in a boating accident around 3am on September 25th. The sporting news day was filled with news, information, and tributes to the young star. This young man was on his way to becoming quite possibly the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Now, we will never find out what could've happen, what could've been, or quite possibly what should've or would've been.
Fernandez fought and willed his way out of Cuba and into the United States of America. Along the way, fighting for close friends and family. Fernandez saved his own mother from drowning in 2008. In all of my research I am yet to find a bad statement or even a single foul word regarding the character of Fernandez
Marlins President, David Sampson, stated "Jose is a member of this family for all time," Samson said. "His story is representative of a story of hope, and of love and of faith, and no one will ever let that story die."
Though the crashing of a boat at 3am may seem obscure, there has been no findings of drugs or alcohol involvement as of yet. Further research needs to be conducted and the autopsies need to be completed still. However, regardless of the findings, we know we lost one of the brightest stars in sports at 3am on September 25th, 2016.
RIP Jose Fernandez. You will be remembered.
The night concluded with news of Arnold Palmer passing away. Palmer did so much for the sports of golf. Names like, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have come out and spoke on behalf of Palmer. Nicklaus called Palmer a "great friend." Which if you were to ever hear Nicklaus speak about Palmer in the past, you would be able to clearly see how much they cared for one another.
Tiger Woods stated, "Arnold meant everything to golf. Are you kidding me?" Tiger Woods said . "I mean, without his charisma, without his personality in conjunction with TV — it was just the perfect symbiotic growth. You finally had someone who had this charisma, and they're capturing it on TV for the very first time." He continued, "Everyone got hooked to the game of golf via TV because of Arnold."
Palmer was an ambassador of and for the game of golf even after his playing days were over, that much is quite obvious.
RIP Arnold Palmer. You will be remembered.
September 25th, 2016 resulted in the loss of one of the brightest and youngest sports stars in the world and the loss of one of the greatest sports figures to ever walk the earth. This is a day to remember. I encourage all sports fans to think deeply about what we lost today.
September 25th, 2016: Tears Were Shed