Dexter Fowler of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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He's Laughing Now, But Fowler's First MLB Call-Up Was A Disaster

More than 1,200 MLB games (and 137 stolen bases) later, he's able to laugh it all off.

May 24, 2018 - 3:29 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Players want it to be a day they can look back on fondly, but it doesn't always work that way. Especially for St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler. 

For this week's episode of the Ameren Illinois Inside Pitch, former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan asked Fowler about his first experience in the big leagues. And what a story it is. 

Then, he had less than 24-hours to get his things and fly out to San Francisco for the next day's Rockies game. 

He sat on the bench for nearly nine innings, until he was called upon to pitch run. Then they gave him the steal sign. 

Fowler describes, as he made his jump for second base, he could see out of the corner of his eye that it was a pitchout, so he turned on a dime and went back to first. But by that time the first baseman was already holding the ball and he was picked off in his MLB debut. 

More than 1,200 MLB games (and 137 stolen bases) later, he's able to laugh it all off. 

Watch last week's episode of the Ameren Illinois Inside Pitch with Kyle McClellan: 

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