Every kid dreams of coming up clutch in the World Series, but very few are given the chance.
Dexter Fowler, acting out the type of storyline generations of young ballplayers think about, stepped into the box in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night and made one of those archetypal dreams a reality.
With one swing of his bat leading off the game, he connected on a Corey Kluber offering and hit a homer that eluded Rajai Davis' glove in center field, giving the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead.
As he rounded first base, Fowler just couldn't help but show his excitement ... by backpedaling around the base paths:
That's the biggest stage this game has to offer, and Fowler delivered -- and in doing so, he also added himself to the history books:
And that is the first leadoff homer in a winner-take-all World Series game. First in the opening inning since 1960.- Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) November 3, 2016
It turned out to be a big run as the Cubs eventually beat the Indians, 8-7, in 10 innings to capture their first World Series title since 1908.