The Marlins have had a very tough week after losing their young star pitcher Jose Fernandez in a tragic boating accident over the weekend. However, that still did not stop them from playing the Mets on Monday night. They were all still visibly shaken up, but they knew this is what Fernandez would have wanted his team to do. The Marlins also won the game and will dedicate the rest of the season to the fallen star. The Marlins and Mets helped pay tribute to Fernandez prior to the start of the game as outlined here.
The game started with a home run from Dee Gordon right out of the gate to honor Fernandez and that was an emotional moment nobody who loves sports will ever forget. Dee Gordon said he just felt something at the plate when he was at bat like Fernandez was there with him. He also said "I have never hit the ball that far in my life, not even in batting practice." Gordon finished 4-for-5 with the homer and two RBI. Justin Bour went 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple, and a walk along with an RBI and two runs scored.
A.J. Ramos, who closed out the win, placed the ball on the pitcher’s mound for Fernandez. The Marlins huddled around the mound and said a prayer. The players huddled closer to the rubber on the mound, and then left their hats behind as they retreated to the clubhouse as fans at Marlins Park chanted, “Jose, Jose, Jose.” This was a great way to honor Fernandez but you could visibly see the team was distraught the whole game and it was shocking that they were even able to take the field and perform at such a high level.
After the game Dee Gordon called his first at bat home run "the best moment of my life." The next day the home run went viral online and was being shared everywhere. Even when rounding the bases you could see Dee Gordon balling his eyes out. The loss of the star Jose Fernandez has been a shock for everyone in the sports world but the Marlins are showing the up most respect and doing anything they can for Fernandez family in the aftermath of this tragedy.