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Something Amazing Happened During This Baseball Team’s Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Some pictures say it all.

The world lost a music icon when soul legend Aretha Franklin passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76. Her fans and colleagues in the entertainment industry alike have been mourning the loss and paying tribute to the late singer in the days since.

When Franklin was honored with a moment of silence during the Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago Cubs baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit on Aug. 20, something beautiful and amazing happened.

A rainbow appeared over the scoreboard, where Franklin’s picture and the word “Respect,” in reference to Franklin’s hit song by the same name, have been repeatedly displayed since her death last week. Her songs also played during the game.

Check out the awesome moment posted on the Detroit Tigers’ Facebook page below:

“Some pictures say it all,” the caption read.

The post has since been shared more than 3,000 times, and fans chimed in to express their own tributes to the Queen of Soul. Many fans couldn’t help but believe that Mother Nature was also paying her “respect” to Franklin, or perhaps the icon herself was letting everyone know she was looking down on them.

“That was Aretha still showing her love for Detroit,” read one comment. “A once in a lifetime talent who will be sorely missed. RIP Ms. Franklin.”

“Aretha Franklin is shining down on them 🐯 Go Tigers!” read another.

“Thanks for letting us know you’re OK, Aretha. ❤” said another.

A Detroit native, Franklin often appeared at Tigers games, and she sang the national anthem during the 2011 American League Championship Series. Check out her stunning performance in the clip below:

We’re so glad that the people of Franklin’s hometown got to experience this truly special moment!