Students Reflect on the Deaths of Fernandez, Palmer
September 27, 2016
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It was a sad weekend for sports fans.
The death of a 24-year-old pitcher and the death of a golfing legend grasped the media in a way that we have rarely seen before. Jose Fernandez, an up-and-coming starting pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died in a boating accident on Saturday evening when his boat ran aground off Miami Beach. Palmer, a beloved, an aging hero to nearly all golf fans around the globe, passed away on Sunday afternoon due to “complications from heart problems” (as stated by Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer enterprises.
The death of Fernandez had a drastic affect on many Benjamin students, including senior Will Smithy, who followed Fernandez’s career throughout his time in the MLB with deep interest.
“Nobody had more fun playing baseball than Jose. He was everything that baseball should be about. His death is tragic, not only for fans of the Marlins, but baseball fans and sports fans in general. At the time of his death, he had a bright future ahead of him. I hope he rests in peace,” Simthy said.
Another member of the Benjamin community found the death of the promising young player troubling. Junior Matt Lopes commented on the tragic death of Fernandez.
“[His death] is just really sad, especially because it happened to such a young and talented player. He was the fan favorite. The way he was able to light up a ballpark with both the energy he played with and his smile, even when he wasn’t pitching, is something that I think all baseball fans will miss about him,” Lopes commented.
Arnold Palmer’s death left a lasting impression on sophomore Henry Dubiel, who felt Palmer’s death was a devastating blow to the sport.
“Arnold Palmer was huge for golf. He was one of my biggest idols and my role model both in golf and out of [golf]. He was a first-class guy and left a long legacy behind him. He will be long remembered,” Dubiel said.
In honor of their late pitcher, the Miami Marlins placed a white “16” on their pitchers mound and cancelled the game on the day after his death. In their first game after the tragic news, each player wore their former teammate’s jersey, and emerged with an emotional victory against the New York Mets.
Mr. Palmer’s life was filled with many successes, including 62 PGA tour titles, including four Masters victories and an induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
A profound baseball fan myself, I found the death of Jose Fernandez to be a reminder at how valuable life is, and how quickly it could be taken from us. Nobody’s life should be cut short at such a young age.
With Life, there is nothing worse than Death
As it looms upon us, ’till our final breath.
While we make the most of the times we can,
Our time is finite, and we cannot withstand
The treachery of life, and all it holds,
Because the reaper is coming, as we have long been told.
A star was taken from us today,
A man who pitched from the mound of clay,
So rest well, Jose. We will see you again someday.