With the Chicago Cubs gearing up for an exciting 2016 campaign, 2015 N.L. Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant has gone viral. He went on posing as a college student to ‘playing’ on a softball team with popular YouTubers.
When you’re a young player who takes the league by storm, different opportunities are going to present themselves. Back in the day, superstars of all professions were swamped with endorsement deals that involved commercials.
The world, since then, has evolved. Sure, endorsements are still around but in order to branch out to the younger generation, you need to be featured in content that grabs their attention.
This is where Dude Perfect comes into play. A group that was formed at Texas A&M University started uploading videos of them doing outrageous trick shots and stereotypes that touched on different subjects.
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Consisting of Tyler Toney, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones and twin brothers’ Coby and Cory Cotton, Dude Perfect has over nine million subscribers on YouTube with over 1.47 billion views.
It all started with just the group but professional athletes began to follow soon after. Guys such as Chris Paul, Tyreke Evans, Johnny Manziel, Russell Wilson, Tyler Seguin, Odell Beckham, Aaron Rodgers and even Pete Carroll made appearances on their YouTube channel.
In their most recent video titled ‘Stereotypes: Softball’, they run through a list of individuals who make up the typical softball team. And not only were they spot on yet again, they all reminded me of my younger brother who has played in a men’s and co-ed leagues for many years.
The ‘I Got It’ guy who is out to prove that he’s the best and possibly only fielder that you need. Running from the infield all the way out to the warning track in order to field a routine fly ball.
At one point in the video, the subject of a friend who ‘may or may not be on an MLB roster’ is brought up. The first guy Tyler contacts just so happened to be World Series champion Mike Moustakas.
Moustakas, who is standing inside Sloan Park, tells the Dude Perfect star that he’s unable to show up because he’s in spring training. He goes on to mention another friend who may be interested, so another phone call is made.
This time, it’s third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant agrees to show up and participate but was told to tell people that his name was Bris Kryant to shake fans who recognize him.
Rather smart if you ask me.
The 24-year-old enters the day with one homer, five RBI, seven hits and two runs with a batting line of .226/.273.419 in 31 at-bats for the Cubs this spring.
Now enough reading. I think it’s about time you all enjoy this video that was posted yesterday. Hat tip goes out to Dude Perfect. You can click on their name to check out their other videos.