Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took the field at the All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday wearing cleats that honor former Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
Fernandez, a two-time All-Star, died in a boat crash off Miami Beach in September.
Harper tweeted a picture of the cleats, which feature Fernandez’s picture and number, and wrote “For you Nino!”
Harper also pointed to them as he ran onto the field at Marlins Park.
While Harper’s cleats recognized Fernandez, Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna said he is dedicating the game to the fallen ace. He and Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who started the game as the NL’s designated hitter, both wore black patches with Fernandez’s number on their uniforms.
Before Fernandez passed away, he said he dreamt of starting the All-Star Game when it was held in Miami.
Fernandez bought shoes for the event last June, owner Jeffrey Loria told The Miami Herald.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly was emotional when discussing Fernandez’s impact on the community Monday.