Kris Bryant is living his best life. Not only did the Chicago Cubs slugger help his team win its first World Series in more than a century, but on Nov. 17, he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the National League!
“It’s all downhill from here,” Kris, 24, joked on a conference call after he learned he was the first Chicago Cubs player to win the NL MVP since Sammy Sosa, 48, in 1998, according to the Chicago Tribune. “This year has certainly been one of the best years of my life, winning the World Series, and now this is just icing on the cake.”
“I look forward to really enjoying this offseason,” he added, “because I don’t know if this year will ever happen to me (again).” Kris should take a moment to bask in this glory. The vote was nearly unanimous in Kris’s favor, with 29 out of 30 first-place votes (from the Baseball Writer’ Association of America) going to him. Mike Trout, 25, of the Los Angeles Angels, won the MVP of the American League. Way to go, guys!
Kris has definitely earned a vacation. In Game 5, when the Cubs were down 3-1 in the series to the Cleveland Indians, Kris blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning. This may have been the point where the tide turned, as the Cubs would go on to win the game and force a Game 6, per The New York Times. Kris went back-to-back with the homers, whacking the ball out of the park in the first inning. Damn!
While he didn’t nail a home run in the seventh and final game, he had something better: the game winning moment. The Las Vegas native had an ear-to-ear grin as he fielded the final out in extra inning, winning the game and the World Series for Chicago.
“I feel like good guys finish first, so being humble and being a good role model for kids, that’s something I strive for more than putting up good numbers or any of my individual goals,” Kris said, showing just how much of a class act the guy really is. “I don’t want to be that person people look at and say is too cocky.”
“I just want to do my job, put smiles on people’s faces and win a lot of games along the way,” the 2016 NL MVP said. “This year was the perfect way to illustrate that.” Amen to that, Kris! Congratulations, man. You deserve it.
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