Kevan Smith homered against Tigers pitcher Ryan Carpenter on Saturday and at first it appeared to be just like any other home run.
Except, in multiple ways, it wasn't any ordinary home run.
It came while Smith was wearing "Webby" on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend. Webby is in honor of former teammate Daniel Webb, who died last October.
It was also Smith's first home run of the season. It came on his first swing of the game.
Smith and Webb were teammates at various levels of the White Sox minor league system beginning in 2012 at Single-A Kannapolis. Both eventually bounced back and forth between playing with the White Sox and Triple-A Charlotte.
The White Sox made a video about the friendship between Smith and Webb, Webb's death and why Smith decided to honor Webb with his Players' Weekend jersey.
To honor his special bond with his late former teammate and friend, Kevan Smith chose to wear Daniel Webb’s name on his jersey this weekend. pic.twitter.com/e0gEbGJB61— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 24, 2018
"He threw one of the first days in Kannapolis I remember and that was like the first time we actually started talking," Smith said in the video. We both liked hunting and the outdoors and we both became really good buddies after that day."
Smith went on to name his son after Webb. Webb's full name was Robert Wyatt McDaniel Webb. Smith and his wife named their first son Wyatt Daniel.
"I can't wait to tell my son all about it," Smith said after the game in the on-field interview with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone on the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast.
"I was almost crying when I was running around the bases." Kevan Smith reflects on what it meant to hit his first HR of the season wearing a jersey that honors Daniel Webb. pic.twitter.com/LsuFCOejZi— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) August 26, 2018
The significance of the moment was not lost on his teammates either.
"Just overwhelming when I hit it," Smith said. "It was just system overload. I almost started crying running around the bases. I was wondering where that home run was hiding this year. I mean, if you don't believe that God's up there and Webby is watching down and he's alive and thriving, I don't know how you can't. That was amazing and I almost broke down in the dugout. It was something I'll never forget."