One home run hit by a tearful former teammate in honor of José Fernández was poignant enough Monday night. But a grand slam hit by a childhood friend from Cuba the very next day?
This is getting surreal.
On Monday night, Dee Gordon hit a home run in his first at-bat since Fernández, a beloved Miami Marlins teammate, died. It was Gordon’s first homer in 304 at-bats this season and immediately hailed as one of the most dramatic in baseball history.
Then, on Tuesday night, Aledmys Díaz hit the first grand slam of his career. The four-run dinger came in Díaz’s first game back with his St. Louis Cardinals team after briefly leaving the club to visit the family of Fernández, a friend since they were both baseball-obsessed kids in Cuba. Read more…