Kris Bryant got off the schneid yesterday with his first career Major League home run. The Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman had not homered in the first 20 games of his career, but broke through in a big way yesterday in Milwaukee with a three-run home run to left centerfield off the Brewers’ Kyle Lohse.
The home run ended the longest dry spell in Bryant’s collegiate or professional career. It took him 73 at-bats to do it, but there will be many more home runs coming for Bryant the rest of his career, but you never forget your first.
“Get the first one out of the way. Kind of been a while, but I did it,” Bryant said after the game. “It was a cool feeling, but it would be nice to get a win out of it. It will still be a day I’ll remember.”
As Bryant rounded the bases, the entire Cubs dugout emptied into the nearby visitor’s clubhouse. It was all in good fun, and Bryant’s teammates quickly got to celebrating with him.
“It’s pretty funny that they all came in here [the clubhouse] and when I come back to the dugout nobody was in the dugout, so that was pretty funny,” Bryant said. “We had a good time with it. They were waiting by the door. It was kind of like a mosh pit, punching me and all that kind of stuff.”
If the pressure of hitting his first home run had been affecting Bryant, it had not shown, as he has still been a very productive hitter for the Cubs. As a rookie, he will have his ups-and-downs, and the Cubs will have to accept that from their 23-year-old phenom. However, with this initial home run out of the way, the power that Bryant displayed in Spring Training may finally begin translating to the Major League level.