Jose Fernandez needed four attempts to defect to the United States from his native Cuba. Each of the three failed escapes resulted in prison time.
The final, successful try included a then 15-year-old Fernandez diving into the water to save his mother, who had gone overboard after their boat hit violent waves.With such life experiences, it seems silly to say Fernandez will feel pressure when he makes his major league debut against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday.
Excitement? Of course. Nervousness? Probably. But pressure?
Fernandez, 20, will begin his highly anticipated big-league career after preparing to start the season at Double-A. His arrival in Miami figured to come midseason, at the earliest.
Those plans surprisingly changed on Sunday, when the right-hander was promoted to the parent club after Marlins starters Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez were put on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.
Miamis first-round pick in 2010, Fernandez will make his first car...