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.