Race and baseball has been a topic of discussion for awhile now. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN just 8 percent of players on the Opening Day rosters of MLB teams last year were African-American. In a city like St. Louis, the signing of Dexter Fowler is about more than baseball. Saxon writes:
"Me and my friends look up to him as not only an athlete, but a black athlete. Not many athletes playing baseball are of African-American descent," said Tommy Woods, a junior infielder at McCluer North High School. "Him being on the Cardinals is just a real inspiration. It helps us stay on top of what we have to and helps us realize there's a chance for us, and we can always keep striving."
Woods' double-play partner, Dexter Swims, agreed: "Dexter Fowler gives us hope that it's possible for us to make it that far."
Baseball is game, but sometimes it is more than that. Dexter Fowler proves why.
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