I’ve been enjoying reading the outpouring of affection for Tony Fernandez.
I remember being very sad when he was traded. He was one of those guy who I thought would be a lifetime Blue Jays player. I think he would have liked that. We grew to love Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter and we won a couple of World Series. But I’d still like a peak into the parallel universe where we kept Tony and Fred McGriff.
Everyone talks about imitating his side arm flip, and I did too. I could never imitate how he held the bat at the plate, such a light grip. I couldn’t convince myself I could keep hold of the bat like that.
Let’s look at what others are saying about Fernandez:
I love this story:
Former #BlueJays manager Buck Martinez called Tony Fernandez a “good man” and a “special player” who could “cut down teammate George Bell” with his sense of humour. Watch as Buck recalls Tony’s joke on the similarity between Bell and pop star, Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/XbNwr3X0wW— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) February 16, 2020
Some teammates. I love what Shawn Green says:
So sad to hear about the passing of Tony Fernandez -my hitting and life mentor and awesome teammate. We referred to him as Yoda, the true master. Like Yoda, I know he will continue to shine on our world from the other side. All my prayers to his wonderful fam— Shawn Green (@shawngreen15) February 16, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about Tony Fernandez passing. A great teammate and friend. A pitchers dream to have him at shortstop when your pitching. One of the best ever. R.I.P. my friend.— david wells (@BoomerWells33) February 16, 2020
RIP for my former @BlueJays teammate Tony Fernandez ...remarkable player (5 time All Star - 4 Gold Gloves) ...kind, gentle giant of a man. Soft spoken and a true professional. Thoughts & prayers to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/YlbL7L0rsc— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) February 16, 2020
My heart is so heavy at the loss of former teammate, friend, and Champion Tony Fernandez. My prayers go out to his wife and their entire family. I will never forget this man. He influenced my life in a positive way. He made everyone around him better. RIP my brother. pic.twitter.com/lMZpgYqKed— Todd Stottlemyre (@ToddStottlemyre) February 16, 2020
“I am heartbroken by the passing of Tony Fernandez. Tony was a truly special person who cared so much about helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. He was a great friend, teammate, father, husband, and minister. My thoughts and prayers are with his family” pic.twitter.com/0aDcwvHr6d— Alomar Sports (@AlomarSports) February 16, 2020
This is how I will remember Tony. Smooth as silk, graceful, giving, joyous, focused, and always someone you can count on not just in baseball but in life. Just an all around sincere person. Gone way too soon!! pic.twitter.com/eAMQyWmX8T— Jesse Barfield (@JesseBarfield29) February 16, 2020
And others and something written about him:
2008 Hall of Famer Tony Fernandez passes away— CDN Baseball HOF (@CDNBaseballHOF) February 16, 2020
Hall of Fame official statement:
“We are heartbroken to learn that Tony Fernandez has passed away. Tony was a baseball legend in every sense. He was a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, a World Series champion... pic.twitter.com/enr8u45Nl5
"To say Tony Fernandez had flair was an understatement."— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 16, 2020
Jerry Howarth looks back on Fernandez’s career and how his ability to play with grace and modesty was proof that excellence comes from the result of always striving to do better. pic.twitter.com/t334qndOBr
Very sad to learn of the passing of Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez. Tony was a fellow member of the @CDNBaseballHOF and an all around Great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fernandez family. pic.twitter.com/8EtamY8SuU— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) February 16, 2020
I wrote this a few years ago, but the sentiment still applies - Tony Fernandez was the heart and soul of the Blue Jays in the 80s.https://t.co/FbrxMakzvF— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) February 16, 2020
Beyond the Box Score’s story has a lot of great video clips of Tony.
Rest in peace, Tony Fernández https://t.co/ZNb3sFIQV9— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) February 16, 2020
And our friend Andrew has a very nice post on Tony: