What did you think of Kris Bryant’s debut? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. Before everyone goes all half cocked about him being shutout at the plate, keep in mind that he’s made it and one game doesn’t necessarily tell the full story.
Let’s start with the Umpires. They were awful. All those missed calls that led to Joe Maddon being ejected was terrible. I’m not always a big fan of managers going out to argue calls, I mean what does it really do? “Oh hey Mr. Maddon, I messed up, you’re right. Let me just rectify the situation.”
Naw, that doesn’t happen. However, Joe Maddon’s frustration with the umps was so justified, I was screaming and my son was screaming. “What’s he saying, Daddy?”
“It’s a great day for baseball”
“I felt really strongly about [Schlitter] right there,” Maddon said. “The biggest thing there is he’s probably the guy who puts the ball on the ground more than any of our relief pitchers, so I thought it was a better chance of a ground ball. Of course, we like to have that pitch called a strike, but even after it wasn’t, you have to make a better pitch than that. So, I’m not going to sit here and blame umpires for a lack of execution.”
Now, what that translates to is “You @!#$%”
Kris Bryant’s call up is a “Better late than never” situation
“We would’ve done it a little later, but you can’t script everything out in baseball,” Theo Epstein said. “It’s a great day and we hope the start of something special.”
So yeah, even though Bryant didn’t fare so well at the plate, the wait is over and he’s only going to get better from here.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life, and I’m out there trying to do too much in those four at-bats,” Bryant said of his big league debut. “It was a good day for me — my first game and the guys were treating me great. I couldn’t ask for a better day, honestly.”