Four years ago Wednesday, the course of the Cubs franchise was changed forever.

That's because on July 12, 2013, some guy named Kris Bryant signed his first deal with the Cubs for a $6.7 million signing bonus.

He also was at Wrigley Field taking batting practice for the first time at the Friendly Confines as then-Cubs manager Dale Sveum threw to him:

Look at how young he looks!

Here is video of Bryant taking BP and chatting with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the game broadcast:

Come for the Bryant interview, but stay for the Brian Bogusevic groundout and Darwin Barney's near homer.

That was Bryant's first time ever visiting Wrigley Field.

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We all know how well that draft pick turned out for the franchise, as Bryant led the Cubs to the first World Series championship in 108 years.

Since that day, Bryant has gone on to win the National League Rookie of the Year (2015) and an MVP Award (2016) while being named to the All-Star team twice and hitting 83 homers in 388 games. He also has a career .281/.382/.524 (.906 OPS) slash line with the Cubs, notching 18 WAR in the process.