Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley and team chaplain Chris Lane join us on the debut episode of the Sports Spectrum Podcast.
Conley was selected by the Marlins in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Jose Fernandez was taken in the first round of that same draft and he and Conley became close as they began their trek to the Big Leagues.
Fernandez made his MLB debut with Miami in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, Adam got the call and the two rekindled a friendship on the Big League level that had began in low-A minor league ball a few years prior.
On September 25, 2016, as Adam was waking up to get ready to pitch against the Atlanta Braves, he was given the news that his friend Jose Fernandez had died in a boating accident. Jose was 24 years old.
In this podcast, Adam, along with Chris Lane, talk about the moments after learning of Jose's death and what that time was like in the clubhouse as they were experiencing the worst tragedy a team could go through.
As the team chaplain, Chris Lane is called on to love and care for his team and minister to them in their time of grief. But instead of him having to stand up and speak to the team, it was a second-year pitcher named Adam Conley that stood up and addressed the club. What Conley said that morning may have changed the lives of every person that heard it.