While the Chicago Cubs were making moves involving a new closer, their division rival made a splash. In fact, one of the biggest splashes of the offseason. A tough pill to swallow.
But you know what? Former Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler deserves big time money. And supposedly, the St. Louis Cardinals put the best offer on the table which resulted in Fowler agreeing to a deal.
Yes, you read that correctly. Dexter Fowler has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. When I heard the news, I couldn’t help but check social media. Like Jason Heyward leaving the Cardinals for the Cubs, I knew what to expect.
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Let’s backtrack to last Winter. When Heyward made the decision to sign with the Cubs, Cardinals fans were absolutely ugly to him. Sending him death threats, calling him racial slurs, and wishing he’d sustain career-ending injuries.
On the other side of the fence? It was quiet and peaceful. Sure, Fowler signing with the St. Louis Cardinals hurts. However, you won’t see one, alright, maybe a few in the mix, Cubs fans wishing harm on Dexter Fowler.
If there are well, they aren’t true Cubs fans, are they?
Face it, Fowler has turned into one of the most beloved players to ever put on a Chicago Cubs uniform. After reports of him signing with the Baltimore Orioles proved to be false, he strolled his way into Mesa, Arizona.
It’s Not Goodbye
You can’t help but think of the memories that Fowler has provided for us fans. Not to mention, his lovely family, especially his daughter, who loved us right back. From the smile to his stellar defensive plays out in center to racking up lead-off hits — it’s impossible to dislike Fowler.
And if there are a few bitter fans out there, shame on you. This man came back to Chicago when he didn’t have to with the mindset of wanting to win a World Series title. His leadoff home run in Game 7 sparked this offense.
Despite a few hiccups along the way, the Cubs, our Cubs, were the ones celebrating around the mound when it was all said and done. When it was time to return home, Fowler stood proudly on that stage with that smile on his face.
So, thank you, Dexter Fowler, for making grown adults cry like babies. Allowing us to experience something that our grandparents and possibly parents were unable to experience. Everything you’ve done for this city will not be forgotten.
And whenever we play the Cardinals, we’re going to give you one of the loudest standing ovations you have ever heard in your life. Maybe not when you score on us. Insert laughter here. In all seriousness, we love you. That is never going to change.
You will always have a place in our hearts even if you’re wearing that godawful Cardinals uniform. It doesn’t change who you are and what you accomplished on the North Side. Best of luck to you and your family, Dex.
You most certainly deserve it. See you in 2017 and beyond. #YouGoWeGo