On Sept. 26, 2016, Conforto pinch-hit in the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Marlins, who were competing in their first game after the death of Jose Fernandez. Though the Angels had played in six games since the passing of Tyler Skaggs, the 13-0 victory over the Mariners was their first game back at Angel Stadium.
"Just gives you goosebumps, chills," Conforto said on Saturday afternoon before the Mets' 4-2 win over the Marlins. "Makes you feel like he was with them playing that game, and that's what it felt like when we were here when Dee [Gordon] hit that home run in the first inning to lead off the game. It brought back memories of that.
"It's a pretty cool moment for baseball, and obviously to honor his memory in that way was a pretty special thing. It was cool that his family was there. The guys that were here a few years ago for that game, I'm sure it brought back memories."
Gordon, now with the Mariners, hit a grounder for the second-to-last out in the Angels' no-hitter. Justin Bour, who recorded his first Major League triple in the 2016 game, caught the final out on a throw from second base in Anaheim.
In both matchups, the late player's teammates wore his jersey number. Following the contest, the Angels huddled and left their jerseys on the mound. The Marlins knelt in mourning after placing their caps near the pitching rubber.
Mets infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and started at shortstop for the Marlins in that game, hadn't seen footage of the Angels' no-no. He felt it would bring back too many bad memories.
"The only thing I remember about that day is it's too hard for all the people, all the players to play when something happens like that," Hechavarria said. "It was very, very hard."
Marlins outfielder Curtis Granderson hit cleanup and started in center field for the Mets, who embraced the Marlins following a pregame moment of silence.
"An interesting day where you realize something traumatic has just happened but you still have to go and try to play. A ton of emotion," Granderson said. "As the game unfolded, I knew we had no shot. It shows that as much as the game is competition and fun, with life there's going to be death, and with death there's going to be sadness. With that can also bring a lot of people together."
Left-hander Steven Matz, who will start on Wednesday at Target Field against the Twins, is not available out of the bullpen for the Marlins series.
According to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, Matz threw a simulated game on Friday, with three simulated innings.