After canceling their game on Sunday, the Miami Marlins paid tribute to their beloved teammate Monday night, in one of the most emotional games in baseball history. The Marlins organized a touching ceremony before the game, and each player wore jerseys with the number "16", and the name "Fernandez". The number sixteen will likely be retired by the Miami Marlins, as owner Jeffery Loria stated "I don't see anyone wearing that number." The Marlins would go on to win 7-3 over the New York Mets, putting Miami 4.0 games out of a playoff spot.
As if emotions hadn't already run high enough in the pregame ceremonies, second baseman Dee Gordon made sure they didn't stop. In the bottom of the first inning, Gordon, a left handed hitter, stepped into the right handed batters box to honor Fernandez, and took one pitch before switching to his natural side. Two pitches later, Gordon roped a ball over the wall in right for his first homerun of the year, and made an emotional trip around the bases and through his dugout.
The New York Mets deserve a lot of credit for the sportsmanship they showed before, during, and after the game. Following the National Anthem, the Mets players and coaches met the Marlins players and coaches in the middle of the field and went down the line hugging each player, a rare sight for division rivals.
After the game, in which Dee Gordon went 4-5, he thanked the Mets for being "first class", in a difficult postgame interview.
Today gonna be tough...I can still hear your voice...I remember our last conversations...I thank God I woke up this morning but I wish you could as well Josey...you and I shared a passion for this game that a lot of people don't have or don't understand and that's why we got each other...I miss you bro...but I know you up there with Our Lord and savior...Love you bro and I'm gonna go harder everyday just for you! #JDF16FOREVER - Dee Gordon's instagram post prior to Monday's game