Golf fans mourned when Arnold Palmer, a legend in the sport, died Sunday at age 87. But it appears the “The King,” as he was known, left us with one final miracle.
Palmer’s ashes were spread Thursday in his native Pennsylvania — shortly before a beautiful rainbow apparently stretched over the town where the golf icon was born.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared this photo of a plane flying over Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to spread Palmer’s ashes.
About an hour and a half later, Dulac shared this photo, showing a bright rainbow stretched out across the sky that had been cloudy not long before.
That’s pretty trippy, but not the only surreal moment to follow a tragic sports death this week.
Star Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, hours before Palmer passed away. Fernández was one of the baseball’s brightest personalities and an ascending star; his death rocked the sports world.
In the first at-bat of Miami’s first game since Fernández’s death, however, Marlins teammate Dee Gordon improbably hit his first home run of the season before tearfully rounding the bases while thinking of his fallen comrade.
Then there’s Aledmys Díaz, a friend of Fernández since both were children in Cuba. Díaz briefly left his St. Louis Cardinals team to be with Fernández’s mourning family in Miami. In his first game back with the Cardinals, Díaz hit the first grand slam of his career .
From tragic deaths, to tribute home runs, to a beautiful rainbow, this has been one emotional week in sports.