The Miami Marlins held a ceremony honoring late pitcher Jose Fernandez before tonight's game against the New York Mets. Predictably, it was incredibly emotional.
Fernandez, 24, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Each of his teammates are wearing his No. 16 tonight.
Before the game, a trumpeter played a sobering version of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," which was essentially like a baseball version of "Taps" tonight. A video tribute to Fernandez played simultaneously.
Marlins players also gathered around the pitching mound to inscribe Fernandez's number and initials into the dirt. There were few dry eyes among the group.
As the players took the field to warm up, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielder Martin Prado were visibly crying. In the bottom of the first inning, Gordon led off by taking a pitch batting right-handed. Gordon is a lefty hitter, but Fernandez batted right-handed.
Then, this happened.
That was Gordon's first home run of the season, and just the ninth of his career. What an incredible scene.