Choir Honors Marlins Pitcher José Fernández With Stirring Rendition of National Anthem
Miami grieved for pitcher José Fernández on Monday night (Sept. 26), where a packed Marlins Park saw teammate Dee Gordon kicked the game off with his first home run of the year and a choir sang a moving rendition of the National Anthem. On a night when every Marlin wore Fernández's number 16 (which has been retired from use), the New York Times reported that Gordon circled the bases with tears in his eyes, pointing to the sky as he crossed the plate and collapsing into his teammates' arms.
The wildly popular pitcher died at age 24 on Sunday when the boat Fernandez was in smashed into a jetty off Miami Beach, killing him and two other men. Monday night's game against the New York Mets -- at which Fernández was slated to pitch -- featured the team taking the field with an empty mount, surrounded by eight position players.
There was also a color guard, hugs between the two teams, the Carrollton High School Women's Choir singing a stirring rendition of the National Anthem and a somber performance of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."