Kris Bryant weighs in on his swim with sharks, engagement
Kris Bryant engaged in some risky behavior this offseason that probably caused a few lumps in the throats of Chicago Cubs fans and likely some panic attacks by the team’s brass when he swam with sharks during a recent vacation in Hawaii.
With spring training right around the corner, the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales touched base with the reigning National League Rookie of the Year to discover what the third baseman has been up to this offseason … outside of scaring the bejesus out of Cubs Nation.
Regarding his dip with the sharks, Bryant seemed inclined to let his recent experience be the last one of its kind.
“I definitely am not going to do it again,” he said.
Bryant also discussed his engagement to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp, with whom he has been with for eight years. With the wedding scheduled for next winter, the 24-year-old admitted all the planning can be a lot to endure.
“It’s a little stressful at times,” he said.
But perhaps most importantly, Bryant discussed what he has been doing to make sure he can take the next step in his MLB career and avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. That will make for a challenging task, indeed, given he put up a triple-slash of .275/.369/.488 with 26 home runs and 91 RBI that also included 31 doubles, 87 runs and 77 walks.
With the first full-squad workout slated for Feb. 24, Bryant already is getting some swings in along with a few of his Cubs teammates. He’s also made some adjustments to his approach at the plate and in the infield, including flattening his swing and reducing the amount of times he pats his glove before throwing to first base.
“It’s good to be on a field again,” he said. “In the offseason, it’s kind of tough to hit on a field and take some ground balls, but we’re here very early and getting our work in. I’m definitely excited. I know everyone else is, too. We can’t wait to get going.”
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