Kris Bryant is back, hitting a grand slam and a home run in his first two games since returning from an injury.
The secret sauce, two gold chains from Cubs coach Mike Napoli, by way of Anthony Rizzo.
Anthony Rizzo went with his gut.
The way the Cubs first baseman tells it, he turned to Kris Bryant before the game Saturday, Bryant’s first back from a right oblique injury, and asked:
“Hey, you trust me, right?”
Then he led Bryant over to get Cubs quality assurance coach Mike Napoli’s two gold chains.
“There’s some magic in there,” said Rizzo.
Rizzo used the chains and his “Tony Two Chains” alter ego to bring life into the Cubs at different times this season.
Bryant might not be embracing an alter ego, but he's definitely not the Kris Bryant of old.
And Rizzo is always finding creative ways to channel some magic. During the Cubs' magical 2016 World Series run, Rizzo was slumping till be started using teammate Matt Szczur's bat.
Once upon a time, pitcher John Lackey quipped that he didn't come to Chicago for a haircut.
"I came here for jewelry," Lackey noted.
It might be some magic jewelry that leads the Cubs deep into the postseason.