MIAMI -- Being cold as ice never felt so refreshing and rewarding for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The 23-year-old, along with Fox Sports Florida TV announcer Rich Waltz, took part in the return of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday.
To raise awareness in the battle against ALS, each MLB club in August will host its own challenge, and then issue a challenge to another franchise. The Marlins fulfilled their obligation on Saturday, and issued their own challenge to the Orioles.
"It means a lot," Fernandez said. "This is for a really good cause. It is really cold. It's just part of it. I think it's great that baseball does this and shows the world there are things out there [worth awareness]. I think it's great."
Cincinnati's Todd Frazier challenged Fernandez, while Reds mascot "Rosie Red" challenged Waltz.
"That's what it's all about, the people in the community," Fernandez said. "It's not only about being out there on that mound and doing what you love. When you're in a position to help people who really need it, they appreciate it a lot. I'm lucky and blessed to have a chance to be doing this."
Fernandez has now challenged Adam Jones of the Orioles, while Waltz challenged TV announcer Jim Hunter.
"It's going to be fun," Fernandez said after being soaked. "I've talked to Adam before, a couple of times. He's a great guy. For sure I'm going to be watching. This is a fun part of the game."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.