Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant is ready to put the drama behind him
By Paul Steeno
After an eventful offseason, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seems ready to move past the drama and just play baseball.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is honest.
He’s well-spoken and keeps it real. He’s kind and thoughtful. In his first media appearance after an eventful offseason, Bryant spoke eloquently to Chicago media for over 30 minutes candidly opening up about everything from trade rumors, to his much publicized service-time grievance and the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
He said a lot in that time because a lot happened this offseason. But by the end of those 30+ minutes, the biggest takeaway of them all is that Bryant is ready to put all of the drama of the offseason behind him and just play baseball. Really good baseball.
Last season, Bryant slashed .282/.382/.521 slamming 31 homers and driving in 77 runs. He was named an All-Star for the third time in his career, turning in a really good season by most standards. But when you’re Kris Bryant, the metaphorical bar is raised exceptionally high and given the Cubs performance as a team many left 2019 feeling like the 27-year-old Bryant didn’t meed those expectations.
But, 2020 offers a fresh slate. Here’s some other important things we learned from Bryant’s press conference including leaving the drama of 2019 in the rearview mirror.