Cubs legend Dexter Fowler puts his own twist on first pitch at Wrigley Field
2016 World Series champion and former Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler threw out the first pitch before Saturday’s game against the Cardinals.
Fowler was mic’d up to chat with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jim Deshaies prior to throwing the pitch and admitted to having some nerves.
“You see me pacing, I’m a little nervous,” said Fowler with a grin. “I don’t want this run to score from center.”
Putting his own twist on the tradition, Fowler decided not to take the mound to do the honors.
“I’m gonna throw it from shallow centerfield,” said Fowler. “I’m going to throw it right over the mound, hopefully it’s like a one-hopper, right strike to whoever is catching it and get the runner at home.”
Fowler even joked with the broadcast about asking manager and former Cubs catcher David Ross to catch his pitch.
“I asked him but, you know, Rossy has bigger fish to try,” said Fowler.
Before Fowler took the field to throw the pitch, a tribute video dedicated to Fowler’s time as a Cub played on the video board at Wrigley Field.
Watch the full video of the mic’d up and first pitch above.