Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio paid tribute to former Miami Marlins superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez.
“This young man meant a lot to a lot of us for different reasons and different ways. And now, just as quickly as he came into our lives, just as he was coming into his own, and really, starting to fulfill his athletic potential, and just as we were really getting to know him, he is gone,” the Florida senator said on the floor. (RELATED: Baseball Star Killed In Tragic Boat Crash)
Rubio also clarified that he had never met the star pitcher, but yet still felt like he knew him because of the bonds they shared.
Fernandez was killed in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning in Miami. He was only 24 years old.