Tony Fernandez dead at 57 Tony Fernandez dead at 573 2, with the bases loaded and Fernandez, was deep in left field. Tony Fernandez, Toronto, Blue Jays fans, are remembering a franchise Legend. The team former star shortstop Tony Fernandes, has died at the age of 57. He won a World Series title with the Blue Jays in 1993 and holds several franchise records. Fernandez was hospitalized earlier this year due to complications from a kidney disease. He was taken off life-support after suffering a stroke so for more on The Life and Legacy of Tony Fernandes.
We’Ve invited Gare Joyce on to the program, he’s a feature writer for Sports Net to cover the Blue Jays extensively during Fernandez. His career here is with us. Thank you so much for coming in and what he meant it to the game. But first she won’t talk about your relationship with him, because at the time you started interviewing him. Maybe your Spanish wasn’t the best, and certainly his English wasn’t the greatest on wondering what it was like for you two to have conversations together when I’m, I think, November 85 and November December 85, and you know he struck me at first as a pretty serious minded Hour, but what I didn’t realize was that his mom was sick, with a very condition that claimed him this week.
The health concern can be, and you say that initially you found him to be dowered – that perspective change over time very serious-minded. Fellow, when it came to the game, worked out an incredible amount. I wish I could claim pretty categorically that nobody put in more time more hours, more effort than he did and he was really on the track for a Hall of Fame career until injury sort of Chip. The way it is skill, that’s a tough one to Plum. I do think that at 15 or 16 he had a pretty serious knee condition, so he almost lost the game then, and the Jays Scout in the Dominican Epi Guerrero paid for the surgery to remove bone chips in in his knees, those bone chips and scared off All other Scouts, all other major league games from signing him.
So I think part of it was the prospect that he actually lived with the idea that he wasn’t going to be able to play, and now he was he was going to make the most of it. Where he grew up right, beside the baseball stadium in San Pedro de macoris, very very humble circumstances, baseball is the way to go. Are those humble circumstances? Are there aren’t a lot of options that the book that I wrote about the Dominican Republic way back with that called at the only take it off the island and really baseball? Was the only take it off the island, Tony Fernandez, in a generation of ball players, but he’s going to leave behind it just looking back on it, and I didn’t realize it until I had to put together this tribute to to Tony.
He was a great play at his Peak, but even after injury did sort of brought his game back to Earth somewhat, he was still an absolute tiger in the postseason like he. It sports right and analysts don’t like to talk about clutch. They think that that’s sort of passe, but he he really raised his already great game to another level in the postseason – could have been didn’t win an MVP with the Jays team in 93. He made a strong case for it and at later stops along the way played for the Yankees and the Indians.
He was a very Dynamic player, even late in his career in the postseason, probably something they won’t get remembered so much here today. But it was a Kiki thing that wasn’t lost on people in baseball and on his teammates. That, because he’s young 57 – and forgive me if I’m wrong, but it feels like you’re hurting how? How are you feeling about this too? It’S a hard one. When we met Tony was 23. I was 29, I guess – and you know I felt like I was talking to someone my own age as much as I was talking to someone with almost nothing cultural things in common.
I feel pretty close. The first night I spoke to him. I was outside the stadium at midnight or something like that happen. I was trying to hail a cab which, in Santa Santa Domingo there is no guarantee he pulled up in some old wreck with like a perforated, Muffler and he’s you know he said hop in I’ll. Give you a drive slammed the door, it was even sort of a rickety door. You don’t for a ballplayer to give you a ride home from the from the hotel. That was something, but it was also.
It was also that the major league life hadn’t quite touched. , that he did have an old records, a car I went to his. They show me where his family home was in San Pedro, still very humble circumstances where his siblings were. I saw him before. I saw him as he was an emerging great knot after he’d been affected by greatness and he would have been affected by all that less than almost anybody insights and for your personal stories, I’m really sorry for your loss. Thank you.
The Blue Jays legend was hospitalized due to kidney complications, he was taken off life support after suffering a stroke.
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