Kris Bryant stood under the hand-written "Silk" sign hanging from his locker, shrugging his shoulders at each question with an "aw shucks" smile painted on his face.
Smooth as silk.
Bryce Harper gave Bryant that "silk" nickname years ago when the two played together in Las Vegas because of how easy and smooth Bryant played the game and made things look.
Tuesday, it was Bryant's smooth stroke that sparked the Cubs to a come-from-behind 3-2 walk-off win over Harper and the Washington Nationals in front of 30,440 fans at Wrigley Field.
Addison Russell collected the walk-off hit on a two-out double in the ninth, but it was Bryant's eighth-inning blast - estimated at 477 feet - that had the baseball world buzzing, as it appeared to hit the upper left corner of the brand new video board in the left-field bleachers.
One Cubs player called it the "shot heard 'round the world" and joked the organization should put a little marker on the video board where the ball connected. Another Cubs player insisted Bryant would be telling his kids about this homer someday.
"That must be an awesome feeling," Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. "To hit a ball that hard and that high, I wouldn't even move from the box until it landed."
Bryant called it the most meaningful homer of his career, as it tied the game, erasing a 2-1 deficit and putting the Cubs and Addison Russell in position to win the game in the ninth.
"I've hit some good home runs in my short time here on this Earth," Bryant shrugged. "But yeah, that was a good one for me. There was a little wind blowing out, too."
Bryant may credit the wind, but that ball left the park in a hurry. Harper also hit a homer to left, but his was just a pop up that kept drifting into the first couple rows of the bleachers. Bryant's blast put an entire Wrigleyville block on notice.
"I thought it was over the board," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "It was really pummeled. It kinda got everybody staring a little bit."
Bryant's blast overshadowed Russell's three-hit day and Kyle Hendricks' gem on the mound.
Hendricks allowed just the one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings.
But even Russell and Hendricks were in awe of Bryant's blast.
"That was impressive. I think he got all of that one," Hendricks said, grinning.
Bryant has homered in each of Hendricks' last three starts. The 23-year-old slugger now has seven homers - and 18 RBI - in his last 17 games after not going deep in his first 20 games in "The Show."
"As a team, we're used to seeing it," Russell said. "But the whole world seeing it is just a cool feeling.
"The world now gets to see what he has to offer."