With the Miami Marlins hosting the MLB All Star Game this year, player’s from around the league were sure to acknowledge former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who died last year in a boating accident.
Fernandez’s locker is still standing in the Marlins locker room, and was used as something of a memorial for players that wanted to pay their respects to the pitcher. Other players took their tributes with them onto the field, with Nationals slugger Bryce Harper wearing cleats emblazoned with Fernandez’s likeness and number.
Additionally, when St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez took the mound for the National League in the third inning, he added a tribute to Fernandez in the dirt next to the “OT” he scratches in before every start in memory of Oscar Taveras.
“I’m always up there representing Oscar (Taveras). And now that I’m here in Miami I get a chance to stand up and represent Fernandez,” Martinez said. “We’re all Latin players.”
Both players put in performances that would have made Fernandez proud, with Martinez becoming the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez to record four strikeouts in an All Star Game, and Harper making a beautiful grab that drew cheers from the crowd. You can watch Harper’s catch below.
Fans in Miami also left a touching tribute for Fernandez, signing names and letters of love to the deceased pitcher.