Dexter Fowler painfully reminds the Cubs why he’s so valuable

Dexter Fowler knows how to deliver at the top of the batting order. In Game 7 of the World Series with the Chicago Cubs, he launched a lead-off home run against the Cleveland Indians to help his team win its first championship in 108 years.

Now with the St. Louis Cardinals – who opened a three-game series against the defending champs Friday in Chicago – it seems painfully fitting that just minutes after Fowler received his World Series ring from the Cubs, he homered in the first at-bat of the game.

Before the first pitch at Wrigley Field, Cubs Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward presented Fowler with his diamond-studded ring with roars from the crowd in the background before being joined by more of his former teammates.

Dexter Fowler with Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Then to lead off the game for the Cards, Fowler drilled John Lackey’s 3-2 pitch deep into right field, reminding fans at Wrigley why he’s so good and those in St. Louis why he’s worth his $82.5 million, five-year deal.

Cubs fans kept it classy and still cheered for the player who helped their team end its century-long World Series drought.

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