The box score says there were 402 fans in attendance for the last meaningful game pitched by Jose Fernandez. Eyewitnesses in the Jupiter Hammerheads organization remember it more like 1,000, all spread out around Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium and all fired up for Game 3 of the Florida State League Championship Series.
Doesn’t matter now and it certainly didn’t matter then to Fernandez, who went after the Lakeland Flying Tigers on that September night as if he were performing in a packed major-league stadium and shooting for immediate stardom.
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