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Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler wears football helmet while taking BP

Aug 22, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (L) watches as first baseman Anthony Rizzo (background) takes batting practice before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (L) watches as first baseman Anthony Rizzo (background) takes batting practice before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs are gearing up for their NLDS series opener on Friday against tomorrow’s N.L. Wild Card winner. While they wait to see who they will host, Chicago put in some work at Wrigley Field. One member of the team stood out from the rest.

And it’s not what you would typically expect from a player who represents the Chicago Cubs — a baseball team. But with the National Football League entering Week 4 of their 2016 regular season. Football fever has struck in a huge way.

Just last week, the Chicago Cubs had themselves another themed road trip. We’ve seen this club wear onesies and outrageous outfits and or suits. All thanks to Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon who likes to keep things loose.

Loose and fun for everyone involved, including the families. At one point, Joe brought in a magician for his team and even hosted a Zoo day for the players and their families at Wrigley Field.

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Now, back to their previous theme which just so happened to involve football jerseys. Of course, the Chicago Cubs, especially Walter Payton, took over this little party. On the other hand, Chicago’s rookies dressed as cheerleaders.

Photo’s of this little whacky hazing as posted on David Ross‘s twitter account and as you could see, the rookies were all smiles.

Nothing like going through a little bit of torture while attempting to prove our worth along the way. As for outfielder and leadoff man, Dexter Fowler, he representing the Dallas Cowboys. Specifically, wide receiver, Dez Bryant as posted on his twitter handle.

Cornerstone

In case you had forgotten, Fowler spent a little bit of time with the Houston Astros. After one year with the Astros, the Cubs acquired him for pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena. The rest is history as he would go on and prove to be a key piece in last year’s postseason run.

When their postseason came to an end, thanks to the New York Mets, most assumed that he was on his way out. You know, since it was announced that Jason Heyward had signed a massive eight-year contract with the Cubs.

Despite Heyward entering the picture, Fowler made his dramatic return to the North Side — well, Mesa, Arizona. Remember the day when Fowler, wearing street clothes, strolled casually towards a Cubs filled infield?

That was pretty cool.

Batting Practice Fun

Moving onto why we are all here. I mentioned at the beginning of this article that the Cubs were putting in some work. Players were taking batting practice and I assume were working on fielding exercises, etc.

As for Dexter Fowler, well, instead of wearing his normal cap or even helmet, he took it upon himself to show some love. Not to the Dallas Cowboys, but to the Miami Dolphins. Yes, that’s right, the Dolphins.

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An Atlanta, Georgia-native, which is obviously Falcons’ country, wore a Dolphins helmet during batting practice. It doesn’t appear to be one of those plastic ones neither. A full on football helmet with a chin strap and everything as posted by Carrie Muskat on twitter.

Here’s a look at the photo itself:

I’m not entirely sure why he’s wearing this helmet but at least he’s keeping himself safe, right?

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