The news of Maimi Marlins’ Jose Fernandez’s death hit one of his fans especially hard, because less than 24 hours earlier, she got to meet her favorite baseball player, CBS Miami reported.
Cristina Llanes, 20, was on cloud nine Saturday afternoon after a big surprise — meeting Fernandez at Marlins Park.
“We’re going to try to win today. You know the other team is really good,” said Fernandez as he spoke with Cristina.
The Miami Marlins’s pitcher was killed Sunday in a boating accident along with two other people.
Cristina, a huge Marlins fan, used to go watch the team play with her father. A debilitating disease, however, has really taken its toll and made it difficult for her to make it out to any games.
On Saturday, thanks to a Make-a-Wish program, Miami Fire Rescue crews transported Cristina for the surprise of a lifetime.
“It was a huge surprise. I didn’t expect that at all,” said Cristina. “It was a huge experience. It felt like a dream come true.”