MIAMI -- Minutes after the Miami Marlins and New York Mets paid tribute to fallen pitcher José Fernández, second baseman Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a home run to right field.
The homer, which was his first of the season, symbolized more than a hit, run or baseball game - it signified a brotherhood that was partially broken this weekend.
As Gordon trotted around the bases in Fernández number 16 jersey, he began sobbing as teammates and coaches hugged him when he returned to the dugout.
“I ain’t never hit a ball that far, even in BP,” said Gordon, according to USA Today. “I told the boys, ‘If you all don’t believe in God, you better start.’ For that to happen today, we had some help.”
The Marlins defeated the Mets 7-3 Monday night.
Fernández and his two friends were killed in a boating accident on Sunday morning.