One of the heroes of the 2016 World Series is calling it a career, as Dexter Fowler shared on social media Tuesday that he has retired. He was the sparkplug of that Cubs team, the impetus behind “You go, we go,” and his legacy is much greater than the two career-best seasons he spent on the North Side. Not only did he help to break the curse, but he became the first Black man to represent the Cubs on the game’s biggest stage when he dug into the batter’s box in Cleveland to lead off Game 1.
Thank you to the fans.
Stay tuned for what’s next. pic.twitter.com/qZd84zge6Z
— dexfowler.eth (@DexterFowler) January 31, 2023
Fowler then became the first player ever to lead off Game 7 of the World Series with a homer when he gave the Cubs an early lead in the greatest game ever played. What I’m still having trouble believing is that he was only a Cub for two years. Between that incredibly memorable Fall Classic and his epic return to the team in spring training earlier that year, Fowler’s presence was as indelible as players who were with the team much longer.
Good luck with whatever’s next, Dex.