(670 The Score) Former Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field on Friday to play his original team for the first time since being traded to the Giants.
After finding his way to the visitors’ clubhouse and settling in, Bryant reflected on his Cubs tenure and what it’s like to play for a different team for the first time in his MLB career.
"It's good to be back, and I haven't had to answer any trade questions any longer,” Bryant said. "Now it's just the other (free-agent) questions. I thought I was escaping it, but maybe after this weekend another chapter will close and other questions can be asked. It's been good, and it's nice to play on the West Coast close to the family, a change of pace. I really have been enjoying it so far.”
Bryant, 29, is hitting .265 with six homers, 14 RBIs and an .815 OPS in 31 games for San Francisco entering play Friday. As he mentioned, escaping the questions about his immediate future has been a relief, as he landed in trade rumors often while with the Cubs over the past few years before he was traded on July 30. In San Francisco, Bryant has joined a Giants team with the best record in baseball at 90-50.
“It's just back to playing baseball now,” Bryant said. “It’s just a different uniform now. We are chasing a division, and we did a lot of that here. A lot of the emotions and feelings are the exact same.”
Bryant was asked what he’ll remember most about his time with the Cubs, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2013. He then debuted in 2015, when he won the National League Rookie of the Year award before winning MVP honors and leading the Cubs to a World Series