Giancarlo Stanton: Jose Fernandez Told Me We Would Be Yankees Teammates Someday
Imagine the New York Yankees not only fleecing the Miami Marlins by stealing Giancarlo Stanton, but imagine the Evil Empire also snagged Jose Fernandez if he hadn’t died prematurely. The newest Yankee baseball immortal said his former Miami teammate had dreams of playing in pinstripes. On Sunday night, Stanton accepted the MVP award at the 95th annual Baseball Writers Association of America dinner and he told of the many predictions Fernandez made when he was still alive.
Former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident in September 2016, but he had grandiose plans that including playing in the Bronx. Stanton, who sat next to his fellow Bronx Bomber Aaron Judge, reminisced about the time Fernandez told him they’d both be on the Yankees. The anecdote apparently happened following the 2016 All-Star game, when Fernandez told Stanton, “if it doesn’t work out (in Miami), I’m signing with the Yankees — and I’m bringing you with me.” Stanton then told everyone at the dinner, “Now that I’m here, I’m going to take a little piece of him and bring it with me.”