Cubs and Cardinals fans react to Dexter Fowler switching sides in the rivalry
Dexter Fowler walked away from a potentially more lucrative contract with the Baltimore Orioles last offseason to return to the Chicago Cubs on a 1-year, $8 million deal. This time the 30-year-old is cashing in his golden ticket after a career year manning center field for the curse-breaking World Series champions.
But Fowler is not moving to the American League or even leaving the NL Central: He's joining the enemy St. Louis Cardinals on a 5-year, $82.5 million deal with a full no-trade clause.
A lot of Cubs fans are supportive and understand that this is the business of baseball, while others are anguished that Fowler, a popular Cub who smashed a leadoff home run in the first inning of World Series Game 7, will now don a Cardinals uniform. Here's the range of emotions Cubs, Cardinals and other baseball fans are experiencing in the wake of the move:
Finally, from the Cubs fan perspective, this one sums it up best:
Watching Dexter Fowler's Cardinals intro presser…I'm not saying I cried, but I did have a lip quiver or two.
— Jake Rose (@JakeRose24) December 9, 2016
dexter fowler in a cardinals hat physically pains me
— sarah. (@goorgoahead) December 9, 2016
Sorta heart broken that dexter fowler signed with the cardinals… 😅😢 #thanksforthering
— Wayne Manier (@WayneManier) December 9, 2016
Dexter fowler is a cold blooded businessman leaves after WS to go to division rival
— Tyler Kuhns (@tkuhns19) December 9, 2016
Hey remember when Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff homerun in game 7 of the World Series?
— Greg (@OutOfTheVines) December 9, 2016
Sucks looking at Dexter Fowler in that Cardinals jersey.
— Nimer Busool (@NimerHawks) December 9, 2016
You go, we go… forever.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) December 9, 2016
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 9, 2016
Never listened to a dexter fowler press conference but damn I like this guy already
— zippay (@zippay10) December 9, 2016
dexter fowler went to the enemy 👀
— Veed (@Veed__) December 9, 2016
Super super super excited for Dexter Fowler who I believe to be one of the good guys. Good lord that's alotta money.
— Randy Carlson (@rcandy24) December 9, 2016
I woke up and Dexter Fowler was wearing a Cardinals uniform… I'm going back to sleep.
— Giovanni Vincenzo (@GinoPiraino) December 9, 2016
I'm pumped about signing Dexter Fowler besides him wearing 25… #BigMacLand
— Steve Snyder (@SSnyder414) December 9, 2016
I hope Dexter Fowler hits .400 next year….I also hope the Cardinals only win 70 games
— Jefferson Steelflex (@admlngo) December 9, 2016