Before José Fernández announced to the world that he was becoming a father, the late Miami Marlins pitcher showed off his paternal side when he deftly comforted a boy he saw crying in the stands.
Instagram user @lunchtimegraphs posted a sweet video of Fernández approaching the boy and asking for his autograph – while also offering up his own.
"You write it here and I write it here," Fernández, 24, instructed the boy with an encouraging smile as he held a Sharpie.
The ace then cheered for the boy as he signed the book, then asked to rip out the page so he could keep the autograph for himself.
"RIP Jose Fernandez. A few months ago, Jose saw this boy cry. Jose went over to him and asked him for his autograph. #josefernandez," @lunchtimegraphs captioned the Instagram video.
Fernández died early Sunday morning alongside friends Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, after their boat crashed into a rock jetty.
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On Wednesday, many gathered at Marlins Park for a funeral procession and memorial service, which included his teammates movingly surrounding his hearse as it made its way to a local church. Family and friends are also taking part in a private funeral Thursday.
His pregnant girlfriend, Maria Arias, was among those who attended Wednesday's memorial service.
Just days before his death, Fernandez shared the news that he was becoming a father on Instagram.
"I'm so glad you came into my life. I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst," he wrote alongside an image of Arias cradling her baby bump.