The First At Bat Following the Tragic Death of Jose Fernandez; Priceless

Dee Gordon after hitting a homer in honor of Jose Fernandez. Image Credit: Screenshot via Major League Baseball

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, 28, had only eight career home runs out of 2,300 at bats in his six-year career, and was the first batter to take to the plate for the team following the tragic death of ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident over the weekend.

In what will go down as one of the most emotional moments in baseball history, Dee Gordon, a close friend of Fernandez, did what no one could have predicted based on his previous history — he hit a home run in honor of his friend and teammate.

Considering the timing and the infrequency in which Gordon goes the distance, it was a statistical miracle.

Gordon was visibly emotional rounding the bases, fighting off tears of sadness, and pounding his chest before pointing to the heavens as a salute to Fernandez that his surreal home run was dedicated to him.

As Gordon rounded the bases, his teammates waited to greet him at home plate, all wearing jerseys emblazoned with “Fernandez” where their name would normally be, hugs ensued.

Very moving. Priceless.


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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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