Saturday, May 9, 2015

Kris Bryant's "Teddy Ball-Game" Connection

He's the hottest thing since sliced Bryce. Cubs third-baseman Kris Bryant has gotten more hoopla that most rookies—with good reason. He was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, and clouted 43 HRs last year while devastating minor league pitching. He also lit up the Cactus League this Spring. Now in The Show, he's still delivering the goods. In 20 big league games, he's hitting .278, with a .422 OBP and 14 RBIs. His Dad, Mike Bryant, was a Red Sox prospect in the 1980s—and was tutored in hitting by none other that The Splendid SplinterTed Williams. In this week's edition of Sports Illustrated, Albert Chen has a fascinating account of how the failed Sox prospect applied the philosophy of The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived to his kid Kris. So, as you watch young Bryant's smooth-upper-cut style, it may bring back some memories.