If the Chicago Cubs are really going to get serious about renovating 101-year old Wrigley Field, they may want to consider getting some insurance now that Kris Bryant has officially arrived in the Major Leagues.
It took Bryant some time to get the home run monkey off his back, but since his first home run on May 9, the Cubs’ third baseman has launched seven home runs in his last 17 games. His home run last night, may have been his most impressive to date.
In the eighth inning of a 2-1 game against the Washington Nationals, Bryant absolutely got a hold of an Aaron Barrett slider that didn’t do a whole lot of sliding. The result was an absolutely majestic fly ball that appeared to carom off the shiny new video board in left-field — 477 feet away.
According to MLB Statcast, baseball’s shiniest new toy, Bryant’s home run is the fourth-longest big fly this season, behind Seattle’s Nelson Cruz (483), Toronto’s Josh Donaldson (481), and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (478).
“I thought it was over the board,” Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon said. “It was really pummeled. That got everybody stirring a little bit.”
Yes, it certainly did.
The Cubs trailed at the time, but came back to walk-off in the ninth on a double by another rookie with a bright future, Addison Russel.
As for Bryant, he was not too impressed by his blast. Bryant, nicknamed “Silk” by former fellow Las Vegas youth league terror Bryce Harper, is a smooth cat who takes a very level-headed approach to the game.
“I don’t like to watch the home runs,” Bryant said. “It was probably one of my furthest ones, I guess.”
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