|The Miami Marlins left their caps on the pitcher's mound|
after Monday's game, their first after the death of
ace Jose Fernandez.
Having a co-worker die is a sorrowful thing. I've been though it a few times myself; we all have or will.
It's never easy, even when you know it's coming. It's even rougher when it comes suddenly, as was the case with Jose Fernandez last weekend. And, probably, rougher still when it comes to one of great talent, as was the case with Fernandez.
It was a goosepimple moment last Monday when Dee Gordon, a left-handed hitter, stepped into the batters box right-handed in tribute to Fernandez for one pitch -- then took his stance in the proper batter's box and hit his first home run of the season.