All nine players in the Marlins’ starting lineup gathered around the mound, and there was, of course, a moment of silence. We do not often see baseball players — professional athletes of any kind, really — weep publicly. Here, though, several did, some using their caps to hide their faces.
The national anthem was subdued and when it ended, a real indication of how Fernandez’s death has impacted not just the Marlins, but all of baseball: A group hug between both teams. Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who like Fernandez grew up in Cuba, embraced several Marlins emphatically. The ballpark seemed silent. This was not rote. This was real.
If tonight’s Marlins game hasn’t made you cry yet, Dee Gordon, wearing Fernandez’s helmet, batted righty, and hit his first homer of the season.
I ugly cried.