By Roger Mooney, Times Staff Writer
A somber mood was found in both clubhouses today as players from the Rays and Red Sox reacted to the news of the passing of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed early this morning along with two others in a boating accident in Miami Beach.
Fernandez, 24, attended Alonso High after defecting from Cuba.
"It's devastating, no question about it,” Rays pitcher Chris Archer said. “I respected everything that he did. The way he got over here. What he's done for his family. The way he went about his business. It's tragic. It's very, very saddening. Anything that myself or the Rays organization can do for his family, you know, our arms are open.”
A moment of silence was be held before the game, and retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz requested the pregame ceremony honoring his career be cancelled in light of Fernandez’s death.
From the Associated Press: Miami Marlins players gathered at the team's ballpark to grieve together following the death of teammate Jose Fernandez.
"A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer," Marlins president David Samson said. "Jose is a member of this family for all time."
Samson spoke at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing Marlins jerseys - the black ones.
Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.
"'When I think about Jose, it's going to be thinking about a little kid," Mattingly said. "I see such a little boy in him ... the way he played. ... Kids play Little League, that's the joy Jose played with."
The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.
"Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain," third baseman Martin Prado said. "Somehow we've got to overcome that."
From the Associated Press: The owner of the Miami Marlins says he is feeling the "deepest sorrow" over the death of Jose Fernandez.
Jeffrey Loria released a statement early Sunday afternoon saying he, his family and the entire organization is mourning Fernandez's death.
Loria says that "sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest."