It was media day at the MLB All-Star Game today, which means Kris Bryant, Javy Báez, and Willson Contreras got to answer questions that didn't have to do with the trade deadline or not performing up to expectations or accountability or anything that is oddly thrown around so much for a first place team.
All three have been in All-Stars in the past, with Báez and Contreras now on their 2nd and Bryant on his 3rd. You can tell they're all All-Star veterans, since all three talked about doing less work and enjoying the moment more (which, by the way, is not a knock on them at all. There should be no real work done at any All-Star game, ever). On their impressions of multiple All-Star appearances:
Báez: "It’s pretty exciting, and I’m going to try and enjoy it more than I did last year."
"Really excited to be able to do it with family. Like I said, last year was a special moment, but this year I’m going to try and enjoy it more and take a couple of pictures."
Bryant: "It’s definitely different every year. The first year was like, “OK, I'm going to do the home run derby - I was a little stressed out about that and nervous. The second year, as a starter, there are different responsibilities - you have to be there for the whole game. And then this year, I’m just really trying to enjoy it and relax. I might not even really do anything today at the work out, just try and take it all in. So it’s been really cool to have this as my third time and have them be different experiences each time."
Contreras: "Yeah, it feels better than the first time. I’m more relaxed, and I can enjoy it more during my 2nd time at the All-Star game. I’m proud of what I have done so far this year. The first time around, you’re just looking around, and you don’t believe it. The 2nd time? Now you know that you put in the right work to be at the All-Star game. I think I deserve it, all the players that are here deserve to be here. Like I said, I’m more relaxed, I’m getting to know [everyone else] better, and enjoying it this time."
The Cubs' three All-Stars: Not there for a long time, just for a good time.