“This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”
Field of Dreams
Today is a special day. This is the day Cubs fans have waited patiently for a very long time.
Today is Kris Bryant Day.
How many rookies can say that they have their own day named after them? Not many.
The talented rookie led the majors in home runs during spring training with nine but due to contractual reasonings was held in the minors. However, third baseman Mike Olt has an injury which is giving the opportunity to Bryant now to strut his stuff.
Of course Bryant will play third base, but what happens when Olt gets back?
“I see him as a third baseman,” Maddon said Wednesday. “That’s where I saw him, and I thought he could do that. Conversationally with him, he likes playing the outfield, which I thought was interesting. If you could play him at two spots, and injuries occur, things have to be moved around, maybe somebody is available who does better here than there, that’s a nice thing to have — a player that young amenable to doing more than one thing. It doesn’t happen all the time.”
This is what I hope happens. If they can somehow use Kris Bryant in a utility type role where he can play both third and the outfield, at least for this season anyways, I believe it’ll give him a chance to be a more grounded player and provide more depth to the Cubs.
On the other hand, if Bryant only plays third and they choose to trade Olt it’s another alternative but in both cases the Cubs are in a great spot both in April and those tough decisions to make on the field.
A little Caveat to consider is the hype machine. Yeah, Kris Bryant is going to be amazing. Yes, he’s going to be around for a very long time in the Cubs organization and yes, he’s going to be amazing. Wait, I all ready said that.
The Cubs have had patience with him and now it’s the fans turn to have patience with Kris Bryant. Let’s not scare him from the game too early. Give him the chance to find himself, make mistakes and try to be that player we all know he can and will be. There’s been so many incidences of hyped rookies burning out or not living up to their expectations.
I learned something last night while I was hitting a few wiffle balls in the backyard with my son. First thing he asked me when we got home last night was,”Daddy, want to play some baseball in the backyard?” He’s good. He can crush those balls into the neighbour’s yard. I can feel the wallet groan as one of those plastic balls soared towards the neighbour’s window.
He’s four years old and he loves to hear the sound as the ball connecting with the bat. He’s having fun.
Sorry about that, I got on a tangent now back to Kris Bryant.
“Today I got to tell my family that my dream is coming true. Can’t really put into words what that feels like. So excited for this journey!” Bryant said in a Tweet.
You just did Kris.