Miami (CBS HOUSTON) – Just over a day after learning of the death of teammate Jose Fernandez in a boating accident, Dee Gordon and the Miami Marlins had to continue their season.
Gordon was the first Marlins player to take an at bat as he, like the rest of the team, wore the number 16 with “Fernandez” on the back of the black Miami jersey. The left- handed batting infielder took a stance similar to Fernandez in the right-handed batter’s box to face Bartolo Colon. He took the first pitch and switched to his natural left-handed position.
On the very next pitch Gordon took the Colon offering over the right field wall for his first home run of the season.
Gordon could be seen fighting back tears as he rounded the bases he broke down crossing home plate and into the dugout receiving hugs from almost every player and coach.
The Marlins won the game 7-3 over the Mets. The Marlins players all left their hats on the pitcher’s mound in honor of the 24-year-old who lost his life just the day before.