WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN, KRIS BRYANT?
If you watched the All-Star game, you saw him interviewed before the game, and during the game (and his dad didn't like that, Joe Buck).
Nobody could NOT ask.
And as I watched him, he just handles everything with a smile and honesty that just kills me.
But first... that swing.
Down by 3 with the bases loaded and 2 out in the thin air of Colorado, he gets 3 straight balls from Red Sox' Matt Barnes.
The 4th pitch is a little off center but smack in the strike zone.
He swings and hits a liner to left - not a salami but a couple runs will score except oh no!
Jared Walsh makes a sliding catch and it's out #3.
Bummer, but had he got a tad more under that one like a quarter of an inch, it might have gone out and suddenly the NL would have been leading.
In Bryant's own words, "I’m definitely going to swing right here no matter what."
Anyway, he's just so good.
And I've said this before... I'm a marketing guy by trade and Kris Bryant, with his family focus and just overall little boy fun + grown up honesty - that's just an impossible combo in today's athletes.
We're just so lucky to have him and/or have had him.
Imagine being a Brewers fan when Ryan Braun was there - surely their best player but a gigantic asshole otherwise.
You'd hate yourself for being forced to "like" him.
Whatever, the season starts back up today in Arizona.
With 72 games to go, the Cubs are 8 behind Milwaukee and 4 behind Cincinnati.
There's a handy World Series Tracker with odds on who's gonna win it all.
Of course the top two teams are L.A. and Houston, but they've also got the White Sox at 4, and the Brewers at 7, just behind the Mets.
And the Cubs are down at #15.
It'll be interesting to look at this WS tracker again after the trading deadline.
What will the Cubs look like?
Everybody's saying that Bryant and Craig Kimbrel will be the first to go.
Just moving those two would change everything.
For a couple months I've been seriously steeling myself for Big Change, and yeah I understand the Cubs need it yada yada.
But damn if it isn't getting more nerve wracking as time marches towards July 31.
Quick course change... one day on our trip we were kayaking in the lake, and the water was noticeably way higher than normal.
In a far corner of the lake is a stream that connects to another nearby lake in a chain of I think 4 lakes.
Usually you'd have to take a canoe and drag it part of the way like Lewis and Clark, but we thought maybe we could make it in our tandem kayak.
So we went up the stream and pretty soon surrounded by thicker and thicker forest.
Just when I was thinking man... if a bear came up we'd be helpless (because I'm silly like that), my wife said, "TURN AROUND WE'LL BE EATEN ALIVE!!!"
It looked like this:
The dreaded mosquito showed us who's boss, and we had to haul.
Okay it'll be D-Backs at 8:40 tonight, a couple afternoon games there, and then fly to St. Louis for 4 night games.
The make up game will happen in Chicago on Sept. 24th - a double header.