WASHINGTON — Before any football, before any baseball, before any fights or flags or calls, the shocking death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez rocked the sports world.

The Marlins game on Sunday was immediately canceled, but the Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates played as scheduled.

But that doesn’t mean Fernandez was forgotten. Far from it.

Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos each had personal relationships with Fernandez. Most of the other players simply knew him as one of the sport’s absolute best.

All were hit hard by his sudden passing.


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