Dexter Fowler hit .250 with three home runs, six RBIs and 11 runs for the Cubs in the postseason last year. He helped them win their first World Series title in 108 years. Then the Cubs let him walk, opting to give Albert Almora Jr. a chance in center field.
But the Cubs and their fans embraced the 31-year old outfielder and showed him a lot of respect as he got his World Series ring Friday before the match-up with his new team, the archrival Cardinals.
Fowler was so honored that he decided to give the fans a little taste of how much they pumped him up. On the first pitch of the game Friday he did this:
Dex turns from celebrated hero to villain in just one swing! Flip over to CSN for more of this rivalry.
Why that’s surprising: Look, Santana has been a pretty reliable starting pitcher in the majors for a long time, but what he’s done so far this season is kind of crazy. You see the numbers above, his MLB-leading totals.
RP Chris Young
Age: 38. Status: $8 million mutual option for 2018 ($1.5 million buyout)
Need to know: Young actually turned 38 today, which makes me feel a bit guilty for pointing out what he’s done so far this season. The veteran right-hander was vital to the 2015 World Series title, posting a 2.87 ERA in 15 2/3 postseason innings, but he’s struggled massively this year. In 22 1/3 innings, Young has allowed 46 base runners (34 hits, 11 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch) and has a 6.85 ERA. This, on the heels of a 6.19 ERA in 34 games (13 starts) in 2016. If he doesn’t turn it around, quickly, the only decision looming about Young will be when the club releases him.