It’s safe to say that Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had himself a fantastic year after not only eclipsing long-standing franchise rookie records set by Billy Williams but added N.L. Rookie of the Year to his resume.
Entering the season, there was a bit of drama involving both Bryant and the Cubs when his agent, the infamous Scott Boras, bashed the team for sending his client to the minor league’s despite his 2014 and Cactus League performance.
The business side of this game can be brutal, which later resulted in a grievance being filed shortly after the Cubs were eliminated by the New York Mets. But right now, it’s time to focus on what’s to come in the near future — a World Series title.
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Now, with the slugger celebrating his 24th birthday, the Chicago Sun-Times came up with as many gif’s in honor of the birthday boy himself. Which is pretty neat if you ask him.
They kicked things off with Bryant rounding the bases during spring training and followed that up with his diving stop in his first big league game against James Shields and the San Diego Padres.
He provided this club with a handful of highlights throughout the year including a little league home run while on the road in Pittsburgh. It pushed two runs across before he stepped on home plate himself.
My favorite KB17 moment was when he took the Miami Marlins deep twice on the Fourth of July over the first few innings of the ballgame. The commentators and fans in attendance that day lost their minds after the rookie put on a fireworks show of his own that day.
Of course, his best moment of the entire year had to be when his long-time girlfriend agreed to become Mrs. Bryant when he proposed to her just four days after Christmas. And Anthony Rizzo took to twitter following the announcement by his best friend.
Rizzo, who is one-half of Bryzzo, tweeted that he was going to be crying all night and pouring his feelings into ice cream. A pretty hilarious and touching post that was favorited over 12k times by fans.
No worries, Rizzo, surely Kris will either ask you to be a groomsmen.