Rollin' In The Rye

Dee Gordon hits a dramatic HR in memory of José Fernández

Miami Marlins 2nd baseman Dee Gordon payed an excellent tribute to his former teammate, the late José Fernández during Monday night’s game against the New York Mets.

It was an emotional ball game, with the Marlins playing their 1st game since the passing of their former ace. To honour Fernández, each Marlin wore a jersey with his number “16”; marking the final time it’ll be worn in their franchises’ history.

In the top of the 1st inning with zero outs and no one on base, the 28-year-old infielder stepped up to the plate to open the game for his squad. Gordon, a left-handed player, started the at-bat at the right side of the plate while using Fernández’s helmet and hat. After looking at a 1st pitch ball, Gordon removed the helmet and changed his bat; looking to create some offence for his team. Following a 2nd ball pitch, Gordon smacked a 2-0 pitch over the right field wall to give his Marlins a 1-0. While running the bases, Gordon started to break down in tears; likely thinking about his former teammate.

Gordon’s HR was the start of 7 total runs for the Marlins, with the Miami-based squad taking this one, 7-3.

The solo HR was Gordon’s 1st of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time – considering how the last few days have been for the organization. He finished the game going 4-5 with a single run, 2 RBIs, a stolen base, 7 total bases, and a HR. It was a fantastic game for the 5-year man out of Florida, and it eventually led to a solid win for his Marlins squad. When the game was over, Gordon said that the HR for Fernández was the “best moment of his life”.

After the game, the Marlins payed a memorable and heart-warming tribute to their former club member. Every player on the roster came out to the pitchers mound after the game, and circled the wide perimeter while placing their hats down on the rounded hump. It was an unforgettable moment, and the entire baseball world felt the effects of the tribute. The fans chanted José, with the Marlins players locking arms and manager Don Mattingly kissing the mound while the stadium was at its loudest.

The victory moves the Marlins to a 78-78 record. They’re not making the playoffs, but at this point the organization probably doesn’t even care. It’ll be interesting to see how they play down the stretch, since they’re currently dealing with a tragic situation. The games don’t matter, but it wouldn’t be a shocker to see this team play hard for their former late teammate.

They’ll take on the Mets again in the 2nd of a 4-game series on Tuesday at Marlins Park, with the 1st pitch scheduled at 7:10 p.m. EST.


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