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Dee Gordon thanks ‘first class’ Mets for handling of Jose Fernandez tribute

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The New York Mets were put in a tough position Monday by being the first team the Miami Marlins had to face after the tragic death of Jose Fernandez over the weekend. But Dee Gordon praised the Mets for how classy they handled themselves as the Marlins paid tribute to their fallen teammate, who tragically died along with two other men in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

The Marlins held a pregame ceremony ahead of Monday’s tilt in the memory of Fernandez. Afterward, Mets players greeted grieving Marlins with handshakes and hugs.

Gordon after the game took to Twitter to praise the Mets for the empathetic gesture.

Gordon gave Fernandez an emotionally stirring tribute by hitting a lead-off homer run off Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Gordon also thanked the Mets organization when speaking to reporters following the Marlins’ 7-3 victory.

“I want to say thank you to the Mets,” Gordon said after the game, via NJ Advanced Media’s Maria Guardado. “They’re first class. Baseball is a family and that was amazing for them to do. We didn’t expect that.”

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton similarly gave praise to the Mets after the game, pointing out how they’re in the thick of a push to the postseason, making their thoughtful gestures that much more poignant.

It’s difficult to fathom what the Marlins organization is going through in this incredibly difficult time. It’s obviously a painful ordeal no team would want to experience, which helps explain why the Mets conducted themselves in such a dignified and respectful manner.