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Cardinals SS Aledmys Diaz Honored Childhood Friend Jose Fernandez By Hitting His 1st Career Grand Slam

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz grew up in Cuba with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez's tragic death left Diaz devastated.

Diaz was unable to play on Sunday due to overwhelming grief. He spent the day Monday trying to console Fernandez's family in Miami.

On Tuesday, he returned to the Cardinals' lineup, and honored his friend in the best way possible. Facing Cincinnati Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Diaz cracked his first MLB grand slam.

In an emotional post-game interview, Diaz said the "best way to honor [Fernandez] was to play baseball hard."

Diaz's grand slam comes one night after the Marlins' Dee Gordon did this leading off the game against the New York Mets. Just writing about these moments gives us chills.

It is incredible to see how much of an impact Fernandez had on those whose lives he touched.