Miami Marlins baseball star Dee Gordon hit a home run in his team's 7-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday, paying tribute to slain teammate Jose Fernandez, and crediting his achievement to God.
"I ain't never hit a ball that far, even in BP," Gordon said, who finished with a season-high four hits, according to USA Today Sports.
"I told the boys, 'If you all don't believe in God, you better start.' For that to happen today, we had some help."
The Marlins are locked in a wild-card playoff race with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, and appeared to be out of the race, but on Monday night "played with apparent supernatural strength," motivated by the tributes to Fernandez, USA Today Sports reported.
Other players said Gordon was in tears when he completed his home run.
"I was crying, too. I had my head down. When he crossed home plate, tears were coming down his face, and they were coming down mine, too," said Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 2:05:00 PM