What was National League MVP Kris Bryant doing a couple days after millions of Cubs fans took to the streets to celebrate the team’s first World Series title in 108 years? He was back at Wrigley Field working out, while the rest of Chicago partied on a la Wayne Campbell and Garth Alger.
On Thursday, Bryant became the tenth Cub to be named Most Valuable Player, joining Frank Schulte (1911), Rogers Hornsby (1929), Gabby Hartnett (1935), Phil Cavarretta (1945), Hank Sauer (1952), Ernie Banks (1958-59), Ryne Sandberg (1984), Andre Dawson (1987) and Sammy Sosa (1998). Despite the Cubs going more than a century between World Series titles, they trail only the Yankees, Cardinals, Reds, Red Sox and Tigers in total number of MVP wins.
KRIS BRYANT: PRO PRANKSTER
Despite his commitment to baseball, it’s not been all work and no play for Bryant. This past season, the 24-year-old took time to play a couple pranks while minimally disguised.
Early in the year, he conspired with the coach at Mesa Community College in Arizona to trick the Thunderbirds baseball team into believing he was Roy Nabryt, a hot shot transfer from Europe.
See what happens when Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant slides into Driver Mode for a day and takes a few unsuspecting Lyft passengers for a ride around town.
KRIS BRYANT: THE NATURAL
From the way things are going, Bryant is about as close to a real-life version of Roy Hobbs from The Natural as baseball has ever seen.
Bryant is the first player ever to win college player of the year, minor league player of the year, rookie of the year and MVP in successive seasons. No. 17 — who is scheduled to be married in January — even stars in the final scene of a stop-motion Lego animation.
KRIS BRYANT: OYO SPORTS MINI-FIGURE
Watch as an Oyo Sports mini-figure of Bryant assists on the putout of Cleveland Indians’ Michael Martinez to conclude Game 7 of the World Series.