MIAMI -- Miami's Jose Fernandez stood hatless and in an orange T-shirt behind the empty batting cage talking with Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig more than two hours before the start of Monday night's series opener.
The two young Cuban stars had never met, and this was their chance to say a quick hello.
Now, speaking to an opponent before a game might not be as frowned upon as it once was, but ... Fernandez was that night's Marlins starting pitcher.
Most hurlers stay to themselves before a start, keeping interaction to a minimum while they focus on a plan of attack.
Not Miami's 21-year-old kid with the golden arm.
"That was the first time," Fernandez said when asked if he had ever previously spoken to an opponent pregame. "It was actually amazing, we were talking forever. I knew we were going to be incredible friends because we were talking about what we went though to get here and how we left over there back in Cuba. We actually used to live about 45 minutes away...