Kris Bryant wishing nothing but success for the Chicago Cubs
The 2022 season was a forgettable one for former Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant as injuries limited him to only 42 games. Entering the 2023 season, Bryant is fully healthy and was in the starting lineup for the Rockies on Sunday when they played the Cubs in the Cactus League.
Bryant has wasted little time proving his health this Spring as he has 3 home runs after the first week of play with his most recent homer coming off Cubs' starting pitcher Drew Smyly on Sunday.
While speaking with a group of reporters that included Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times this past weekend, Bryant spoke about the new era of Cubs' baseball that he is seeing from afar.
"‘‘You can look at it like, hey, we’re all getting older, so there’s new people coming in,’’ Bryant said with a smile during a conversation Thursday with the Sun-Times. ‘‘That’s the way I’m looking at it. Definitely a different era of Cubs baseball and wishing them the best of luck — just not against us. ‘‘It’s always a special place for me, Chicago. We loved everything about our experience there, and we’re going to love our whole experience here in Colorado.’’"- Kris Bryant via Chicago Sun-Times
There is no question that Bryant will always be remembered for his ascension to the Major Leagues with the Cubs and the hot start to his career. Bryant was the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year before taking home National League MVP honors the following year in 2016. The same year in which Bryant recorded the final out in Game 7 of the World Series.
There is no doubt that there is an incomplete feeling when it comes to Bryant as he was the superstar that many felt should have remained with the Cubs' organization for the duration of his career. Perhaps, Bryant returns to the Cubs' organization before his career is over but it is heartwarming that he still thinks fondly of his previous team.