After the death of José Fernández on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays honored the Miami Marlins pitcher by hanging a jersey in their dugout during Monday’s game in Chicago with his name and number on the back.
Like other teams, the Rays used one of their own jerseys instead of a Marlins jersey. Paul Lukas of Uni-watch wrote about this yesterday and I agree with it 100%, so I will just let him take it from here:
“I saw some people on Twitter complaining that these teams should have used Marlins jerseys, instead of their own jerseys, which seems incredibly petty. For one thing, not every team has instant access to a Marlins jersey. For another, using your own team’s jersey is a way of saying, “He was one of us, and our thoughts and hearts are with him.” I think it’s a good message.”