The Miami Marlins gave an emotional tribute to their deceased teammate — star pitcher José Fernández — as they won the game against the New York Mets on Monday.
The 24-year-old died in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning, along with two others. Baseball teams across the league, along with the grief-stricken fans, honored his memory.
All Marlins players wore Fernández’s No. 16 jersey and gathered at the pitching mound to kneel and have a moment of silence in his memory before the start of the match. All across the ballpark, a video of Fernández — to a trumpet version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — could be seen playing.
Following their win, the team got back on the mound and put down their hats on it in his honor. The crowd began to chant Fernández’s name.
The Marlins' second baseman Dee Gordon — who has only hit eight home runs in more than 2,100 career at-bats — hit a home run and dedicated it to Fernández.
In a press conference Sunday, Marlins' manager Don Mattingly was close to tears as he spoke about Fernández's death.
“When I think about José, I’ll be thinking about that little kid,” he said, according to People magazine. “When I think of José, I see such a little boy, the way he played. There’s just joy with him when he played, and when he pitched. And I think that’s what the guys will say, too.”
The Marlins beat the New York Mets 7-3 at Marlins Park, Miami.