MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Emotions ran high Wednesday night during the Marlin’s final home game this season.
Their final home game was played on the same day they said their goodbyes to their own teammate Jose Fernandez who was killed in a boating accident over the weekend.
On Thursday morning, buses were seen parked outside Marlins Park, ready to take the Marlins players to St. Brendan Catholic Church for a private memorial mass for Fernandez.
From there, they will head to Washington for their final pregame series of the season against the Nationals.
Meantime, fans continue to pay their respects to the 24-year old player who arrived from Cuba back in 2008. Orange wallpaper left for fans to sign and leave messages has been added at the park since it’s already been filled with signatures.
Following Wednesday night’s game, the players hung around to say goodbye to fans after losing 5-2 to the Mets. It was jus another step in the healing process for a group who has navigated tragedy in the public eye.
“No one was prepared for this. You know normally is you lose a loved one, you can take a couple of days or you know go to a church, see them then go home and be to yourself, but we had to be at the center of it all and it seemed to never really stop. You know when we saw someone down, we picked them up,” Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton told Fox News.
Fernandez will be laid to rest Thursday following the private mass at St. Brendan Catholic Church.