There has been many emotional MLB moments in the last decade, from 2010-2019. Emotional moments can be because of tragic losses, but some can be because of joyful moments such as a player's last game. Here are some of the most emotional MLB moments from this decade.
September 26, 2016- Dee Gordon's Home Run after Fernandez' Death
This is the most appropriate spot to put this emotional sports moment, at the top. The Marlins dealt with the saddest moment in Marlins franchise history on September 25, 2016. This was the tragic death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez, who passed away at the age of 24. Fernandez' death was felt not just by the Marlins, but by the whole MLB family. Fernandez was a star pitcher on the rise and was easily a Top 10 and maybe even a Top 5 pitcher in the MLB. In his 3 full seasons in the MLB, Fernandez won Rookie of the Year and was a 2 time All Star. Every death is tragic, but what makes it even more tragic is that Fernandez was the leader of the team and meant so much to the franchise. He was always the one on the bench smiling and pumping up the Marlins. Now, let's take you back to the Marlins first at bat since the death of Fernandez, a moment that would be one of the most emotional sports moments of all time.
September 26- Mets v. Marlins: This was the first game the Marlins played since the tragic death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez. The Marlins payed tribute to Fernandez on their first game back by holding a ceremony before the game, but also by each marlins player wearing Fernandez' name and number on the back of their jersey. The Mets were facing the Marlins in this game that came a day after the tragic death. Now lets fast forward to the bottom of the 1st inning, where Marlins leadoff batter Dee Gordon was tasked with being the first Marlins hitter to step up to the plate since the death. Dee Gordon was very good friends with Jose Fernandez and his way of paying tribute was to bat righty instead of lefty for the first pitch of the game and to where Fernandez' helmet. This resembled Fernandez as he was a righty. After the first pitch, Gordon gave Fernandez' helmet back to the ball boy and switched back to lefty. Now it was time to play ball. Like the first pitch, Mets pitcher Bartolo Calon who was starting the game, threw a ball and the count was 2-0. The next pitch would become one of the most emotional sports moments of all time. It went like this...
"Gordon to right, it's deep, and its gone! Dee Gordon has hit it out and the Marlins have a 1-0 lead.(15+ seconds of silence)" - Rich Waltz(Marlins play-by-play announcer at the time)
To put things in perspective, the Marlins weakest and smallest hitter, who is not a home run hitter, hit his first home run of the season during the Marlins first at bat since the death of Fernandez. This home run also comes 2 pitches after Gordon payed tribute to Fernandez by wearing his helmet, and standing on the right side of the batters box. This was an emotional moment for all Marlins players and fans, but especially Gordon. This was the best possible way to pay tribute to Fernandez. After Gordon crossed the plate, he pointed up to the sky in tribute to Fernandez, a moment baseball fans won't forget. Gordon and the Marlins ended up dominating this game against the Mets, winning 7-3. Marlins players kept themselves together the whole game, and played hard to pay tribute to Jose Fernandez. In all, the likeliness of Gordon hitting a home run is very low, let a lone in such an emotional time for the Marlins. Gordon and the Marlins couldn't have payed tribute to Fernandez any better than how they did!
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March 21, 2019- Ichiro Suziki's Final MLB Game
During the eighth inning in the Tokyo Dome, as the 45,000-strong crowd stood up to cheer, Ichiro Suzuki trotted out onto the field one last time. Ichiro’s Seattle Mariners faced the Oakland A’s in the MLB season-opening series in Japan on Thursday. The baseball legend couldn’t have picked a better way to retire: in the land of his birth, and with the Seattle team with which he started his career in America.
After making his name in Japan, where he finished one season with the country’s second best batting mark ever, Ichiro opened his MLB career with the Mariners in 2001. As a hitter, he was known not for power but for speed. The 10-time All-Star had more than 3,000 hits over his big league career, excluding the 9 seasons he played in the NPB(Nippon Professional Baseball)in which he had had 1,278 hits. As a right fielder, he was also Japan’s first non-pitcher to join the U.S. major leagues. There’s no doubt he’ll end up in the Hall of Fame in both countries. Ichiro has enjoyed one of the most remarkable careers in baseball history, bridging the gap between Japanese and American baseball in a way that no other player has. What makes his final game so emotional and remarkable is that he finished his 27 year baseball career in the place that is only fitting. This is Japan, the place that he was born and the place that he started his remarkable baseball journey.
July 12, 2019- Angels No-Hitter after the Tyler Skaggs Death
On July 12 of 2019, the Angels hosted the Mariners in their first home game at Angel Stadium since the passing of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The Angels all wore red alternate jerseys, each emblazoned with "SKAGGS 45" on the back in tribute to their fallen teammate. Things all began with Tyler Skaggs' mother, Debbie, throwing a ceremonial first pitch. It was a perfect strike. What transpired over the next few hours, was something nobody who witnessed it will ever forget. Debbie's pitch really set the tone for the night ahead, as opener Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined for a no-hitter -- the 11th no-hitter in Angels history. But this was obviously much more than just a no-hitter. This one was for Tyler. Even crazier, this was the first combined no-hitter in the state of California since July 13, 1991, which was the day Tyler Skaggs was born.
Other Emotional Moments-
Mariana Rivera's Farewell
Derek Jeter's Walk Off in his Final At Bat in Yankee Stadium
Michael Lorenzen's First Career Home Run for His Late Father
James Paxton's No Hitter in his Home Country