Miami Marlins infielder Dee Gordon broke down in tears after hitting a leadoff home run against the New York Mets on an emotional Monday night.
Moments before, the Marlins paid tribute to 24-year-old Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident Sunday morning.
Gordon, who called Fernandez “family” in a tribute on Instagram, wore Fernandez’s helmet when he hit the home run.
It was Gordon’s first home run of the season.
Before the game, Gordon was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with “RIP” with the letter I replaced by a photo of Fernandez.
Gordon, a left-handed hitter, took his first pitch batting right-handed in memory of Fernandez, who was right-handed.
Gordon cried as his teammates, who were all wearing number 16 in memory of Fernandez, hugged him in the dugout.
Watch Gordon tear up after leading off with his home run:
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Gordon also paid tribute to Fernandez on Instagram:
My brother. You were family to me…my heart is hurting wishing you would just burst through the clubhouse doors any second now late like always laughing telling me how many red and yellow snapper you caught last night…you were always happy and kept the biggest smile on your face…you may have rubbed people who didn’t get to know you the wrong way at times but I always had your back no matter what and didn’t never let you get in any of those brawls…last Sunday when you came to chapel with me is crazy now bc you said you needed to go…you just told me that your last game was “the best game I ever pitched in my life” and it was your last…I don’t know if God was calling you last Sunday and made you decide to come to chapel or helped you pitch your best game but I do know I love you and I’m so hurt to see my brother go…I know I’m being selfish but you weren’t just a teammate to me…you were family…I love you Josey!!! Long Live YOU FOREVER!!!! Rest In Peace my brother I hope you and God catch the biggest fish heaven has to offer. #JDF16FOREVER