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September 26, 2016

Marlins’ Dee Gordon wears Jose Fernandez’s batting helmet, then hits his first homer of season

With heavy hearts, the Miami Marlins got back to baseball at home tonight against the New York Mets. It was the team’s first game since 24-year-old star pitcher Jose Fernandez was found dead Sunday morning along with two others after a boating accident off Miami Beach.

Prior to the game, the Marlins put on an emotional tribute to Fernandez that included a video tribute, the players tracing Fernandez’s number 16 on the mound, and an embrace with the visiting Mets players in the infield:

All of the Marlins wore Fernandez’s jersey. And after starter Adam Conley threw a scoreless top of the first inning, Dee Gordon channeled Bo Kimble for an iconic moment that we’re going to be seeing for years.

First, the left-handed hitting Gordon stepped into the right-handed batter’s box with Fernandez’s helmet on and took a pitch. Then he switched over to the left side, led off with his first homer of the season, and broke down while circling the bases:

There isn’t anything you can possibly add to that scene. Chills, absolute chills.