The Miami Marlins are playing baseball tonight, 36 hours after learning that star pitcher Jos√© Fern√°ndez had died in a boat crash. Marlins and Mets players took the field for a tribute to Fern√°ndez and a moment of silence‚ÄĒmany of them unable to hold back tears‚ÄĒfollowed by the most somber rendition of ‚ÄúTake Me Out to the Ball Game‚ÄĚ you‚Äôll ever hear.

After the national anthem the Mets and Marlins embraced, followed by the Marlins players gathering around the pitching mound to rub some dirt on their pants. As announcer Rich Waltz explained, throughout his career Fern√°ndez would rub the dirt from the mound onto his pants and use it to dry his hands, as growing up in Cuba he had no rosin bags. A teary Giancarlo Stanton then said a few words to his teammates.

The day has been filled with tributes to Fern√°ndez, who died early Sunday morning when his boat crashed into a jetty. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said ‚Äúnobody‚Äôs going to wear‚ÄĚ Fern√°ndez‚Äôs number 16 again, except for tonight, as every single Marlin is wearing it.


[FS Florida]