Marlins ace plans to keep family around this year

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez says his grandmother will likely live with him all season on a visa from Cuba, which could be good news for the Miami Marlins, because she brought them good luck in the season opener.

Olga Fernandez saw her grandson pitch Monday for the first time since he defected from Cuba at age 15. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year pitched six innings to help the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-1.

"She's planning on staying here the whole season," Fernandez said Tuesday. "She has a visa for five years, but she can't stay here longer than a year at a time."

Fernandez said his mother, who lives in Tampa, also likely will live with him this season. She made a few trips with the team last year.

"I'm all about family, so it's perfect," said Fernandez, 21.

His grandmother was back at the ballpark for Tuesday's game, and Fernandez said she'll likely come to all the Marlins' home games.

"She will never get tired of watching baseball," he said. "She's always in her house watching the Cuban League, even though it's not even close to being like this. She watches every game."

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