“This was Jose’s night,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

After the national anthem, Mets manager Terry Collins called for Mattingly, and the two sides reminded all that they are both part of Major League Baseball’s family.

“T.C. kind of yelled at me, ‘Hey, Donnie! And they came across,” Mattingly said. “It’s a tough game on us, but it’s a tough game on the Mets also. That’s a tough situation they walked into today. I felt like they handled that with such class. T.C. was great.”

The Marlins played for the first time since Fernandez and two friends were killed early Sunday morning in a boating accident.

Dee Gordon, like many, played while holding back tears.

The two-time All-Star second baseman set the tone on the field with his dramatic leadoff home run. During the at-bat, he stepped to the plate from the right side in honor of Fernandez. After taking a ball from Bartolo Colon, Gordon switched to his natural left side. Two pitches later, he belted his first home run of the season.

Pregame, Gordon was stunned to see the Mets extending their hands and hugs.

“For me, I was trying to keep it together,” Gordon said. “When I saw them coming at us, I just couldn’t hold it anymore. It was deeper than just baseball.

“Those guys are actually our opponent, but they’re our family as well. It really is deeper than baseball.”

Mattingly on big win vs. Mets

Mattingly on big win vs. Mets

NYM@MIA: Mattingly on emotional win at home

Marlins manager Don Mattingly on an emotional win to honor Jose Fernandez and Dee Gordon’s leadoff home run

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, a larger-than-life figure, was fighting back tears all game. And during the pregame ceremony, he gave a heartfelt pep talk to his teammates beyond the pitcher’s mound.

Marlins honor Jose Fernandez

Marlins honor Jose Fernandez

NYM@MIA: Marlins honor Fernandez with pregame tribute

The Marlins honor the late Jose Fernandez with an emotional tribute on the field prior to the team’s game against the Mets at Marlins Park

Minutes later, he saw the Mets, and injured pitcher Jacob deGrom, his right arm in a sling, coming to offer support.

Bour gets comforted

Bour gets comforted

NYM@MIA: Bour gets comforted by Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera reaches first base, then sympathetically comforts Justin Bour after an emotional pregame ceremony

“I was trying to keep it together and I saw deGrom with his big old arm cast,” Stanton said. “He couldn’t really move it, but he was still reaching his arm to make us feel better. I can’t believe how they acted and treated us. I know it’s extremely tough on their side. They’re in the playoff race, too, and they’ve got to still understand and take this game for what it was.

“I appreciate everything they did. You’d never think a few hugs would be that big, but that was huge for them.”

Gordon was thankful, especially to Colon, catcher Travis d’Arnaud and Collins for how they handled Gordon taking one pitch from the right side.

“I want to say thank you to them,” Gordon said. “That was first-class of the Mets. I’m definitely grateful for them doing that. Grateful to Terry Collins, Bartolo Colon and Travis d’Arnaud. They didn’t have to do that.”

Gordon on emotional game

Gordon on emotional game

NYM@MIA: Gordon discusses playing this emotional game

Dee Gordon talks about how the Marlins played an emotional game following the loss of Jose Fernandez

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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