Kris Bryant's goal for his son, other trivia facts about Cubs third baseman

Kris Bryant's goal for his son, other trivia facts about Cubs third baseman

Based on his current trajectory, Kris Bryant will go down as one of the best third basemen in Cubs history. In five seasons, the 28-year-old has made three All-Star teams, won Rookie of the Year by a unanimous vote and taken home National League MVP honors.

As he continues adding to his accomplishments on the field, here are a few things you should know about Bryant off of it.

1. Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and played baseball with the Phillies’ Bryce Harper and Rangers’ Joey Gallo, dating back to when he was nine years old.

2. Bryant’s dad, Mike, played professionally in the Red Sox organization. As a minor leaguer, Mike received hitting instructions from Boston legend Ted Williams.

3. In high school, Bryant was named his graduating class’ salutatorian. But he passed the honor onto a classmate with a similar GPA because he wanted her to have the recognition.

4. Bryant married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, in January 2017. They started dating as sophomores and are expecting their first child this month.

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5. Bryant took guitar lessons this offseason and said at his introductory press conference this spring that his kid will be a rock star. He noted that Mike will probably push the kid to baseball, though.

Maybe we'll see the first simultaneous rock star baseball player?

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Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Kris Bryant has racked up plenty of big accomplishments during his five-year MLB career. With Bryant's emergence came the Cubs' rise to annual contenders — and ultimately their first championship since 1908.

From regular season heroics to leaving a mark on the All-Star game to postseason glory, here's a look at the top moments of Bryant's career.

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

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Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000

Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000

In the spirit of the NCAA tournament — canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — NBC Sports Chicago hosted a March Madness themed tournament on the latest Cubs Talk Podcast.

Jeff Nelson, Nate Poppen and Tim Stebbins rank the top 16 Cubs position players of the 2000s, running through a four-round bracket to determine who’s No. 1. Here’s how the players lined up:

(1) Anthony Rizzo vs. (16) Kosuke Fukudome

(8) Willson Contreras vs. (9) Dexter Fowler 

(5) Alfonso Soriano vs. (12) Sammy Sosa

(4) Aramis Ramirez vs. (13) Mark DeRosa

(6) Derrek Lee vs. (11) Moises Alou

(3) Kris Bryant vs. (14) Jason Heyward

(7) Starlin Castro vs. (10) Ben Zobrist

(2) Javier Báez vs. (15) Geovany Soto

A look at the round-by-round results, with voting scores.

Sweet 16

-Rizzo over Fukudome, 3-0

-Contreras over Fowler, 2-1

-Sosa over Soriano, 3-0

-Ramirez over DeRosa, 3-0

-Bryant over Heyward, 3-0

-Lee over Alou, 3-0

-Zobrist over Castro, 2-1

-Báez over Soto, 3-0

Elite Eight

-Rizzo over Contreras, 3-0

-Sosa over Ramirez, 3-0

-Bryant over Lee, 3-0

-Báez over Zobrist, 3-0

Final Four

Rizzo over Sosa, 3-0

Bryant over Báez, 3-0

Championship

Rizzo over Bryant, 3-0

What do you think? Listen here or below for rationale and added context behind our selections.

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