Appeals for Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and his friends—Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias—not to embark on a late-night boating expedition went unheeded, according to newly released text messages.
Will Bernal, a close friend of Rivero’s, posted the pair’s text conversation, where he urged his friend to remain safe during a fishing trip with the Marlins rising star on Instagram. The darkness and the choppy waves were a recipe for disaster and he felt the trip was a bad idea.
“Yo, please be careful bro,” Bernal told Rivero shortly after midnight on Sept. 25. “Try to keep him close to shore.”
“Trust me it’s not my time yet,” Rivero responded.
That would be the last time he’d hear from his friend, as the boat carrying the three crashed into a jetty at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, killing all passengers. Authorities have not indicated who was steering the boat and doesn’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.
According to Bernal, Rivero had a bad feeling about the trip but went as a supportive friend for Fernandez. Several news outlets have reported that Fernandez and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal spat.
“Eddy was always the type of guy who would put others before him,” Bernal told Yahoo. “He was a genuinely nice, caring person. The type of human you want to meet and have as a friend. It’s so hard to find friends like that.
“He lost his life being a good friend.”
Our last phone conversation and text messages last night. I feel sick to my stomach. Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend. This doesn’t sit with me well. I write this with the heaviest heart I’ve ever had. I just lost Tony and now I lost another best friend. I can’t get over this nightmare. I already miss you and our daily conversations. You died being a great friend. You went to be with Jose and help him when he called you. I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn’t feel right and we both knew it. I’m choking on tears writing this, you don’t deserve this. We were just talking about life at the Marlins game and how precious it is. I can’t believe you are gone. The pain I have is unexplainable. I feel guilty that I didn’t do a better job of trying to convince you not get on that boat. You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me. I love you bro, you’ll always be the little brother I never had. I’m in shock, I’m still waiting for you to call me or txt me. We were so excited to celebrate your birthday in Vegas. You were loved by many and I’ll do my best to stay involved with them. Lauren and I will keep you in our prayers. Rest In Peace brother. Love you little bro Eddy Rivero @e_greeneyes #rip #mybrotherfromanothermother
Fernandez had invited his Marlins teammates for the doomed outing after the team’s win against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
“That night I told him, ‘Don’t go out,'” outfielder Marcell Ozuna told the Miami Herald. “Everybody knew he was crazy about that boat and loved being out on the water. I told him I couldn’t go out that night because I had the kids and my wife waiting for me.
“He told me if I didn’t hear from him by 10 a.m. (Sunday) to call him and wake him up so he could get back to the ballpark on time for the game. I told him, ‘yeah no problem, I’ll call you.’ I woke up Sunday and that’s when I found out. I cried and cried.”
The Marlins played an emotional game on Sept. 26, beating the New York Mets (7-3).