Several Marlins declined invitation to join Fernandez on night of boat accident

As the days pass, more details will continue to emerge on the death of Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez and his two friends who were also on board. The latest has to be a pretty eerie thought for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, as Fernandez invited him to join the boat ride on Saturday, according to the Miami Herald.

Via miamiherald.com:

"That night I told him, 'Don't go out,'" Ozuna said. "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.

Obviously this doesn't mean that Ozuna definitely would have been killed if he decided to go and he probably didn't even consider accepting the invitation, but it's still one of those moments that shakes you.

Ozuna wasn't alone, either. Jeff Passan at Yahoo sports has a lengthy (and very informative) story detailing the fateful nightand it includes this passage:

After Saturday's game, Fernandez had asked a number of teammates to join him on the boat. One by one, they declined. And there they were Monday, back in uniform, the uniform he was supposed to be wearing, too, thinking that if not for the instinct that told them to say no, it could've been them.

Again, so eerie. Life is fragile and fleeting.

As things stand, we can continue to mourn the loss of the three people on the boat while being equally thankful that teammates such as Ozuna decided not to join them.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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