It is true that Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff home run for the Chicago Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series. That was big. But part of what makes Fowler such a leader is his understanding that his heroics were not the end of it—only the beginning.
“You’re amped up for a couple of minutes, no doubt,” he says. “But then you just have to wipe the slate clean and refocus, because it’s Game 7 ... We all knew that we were going to have to stack as many runs as we could, because we were facing one of the best pitchers in the game.”
In fact, after the Cubs had done just that, the Cleveland Indians came back to tie the game. Which was followed by a rain delay. Which was followed by another Cubs leader, Jason Heyward, calling a meeting and exhorting his teammates to focus.
And that was it. Everybody focused. Lights out.
— Adapted from “You Go, We Go,” Dexter Fowler, The Players’ Tribune.