The untimely passing of Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez last September sent shockwaves around the league. And the All-Star Game taking place at Marlins Park on Tuesday night (won by the American League, 2-1, in 10 innings) presented a great opportunity for potential tributes to the man affectionately known as "Niño" by friends, colleagues and fans alike.
And that's what Bryce Harper did, donning some festive Marlins-themed cleats for the game that he shared on Twitter with a warm message:
Wearing those same cleats, Harper made a fantastic sliding catch in the second inning to retire Salvador Perez, a play that put his footwear on full display:
That ended with a dramatic landing:
... Not to mention an epic post-catch hair flip.
During an in-game chat with Joe Buck in the fourth inning, Harper also revealed that he was, indeed, wearing a shirt underneath his Nats jersey -- but noted that it was, "real low."
That low shirt, the cleats and the hair flip ... that's quite a night of fashion for Bryce.
After the game, Harper spoke a bit about his Fernandez cleats with MLB.com's Jamal Collier: