Watch Kris Bryant turn his own double into a Little League homer
Watch Bryant turn his double into Little League homer
After 43 Minor League home runs last season, nine during Spring Training and three more this season in Triple-A, the whole world has been on Kris Bryant home run watch since he made his debut on Friday.
With the Cubs and Pirates tied at one (thanks to Bryant's RBI single earlier in the game), the third base phenom came to the plate in the top of the seventh inning with two runners on. It seemed like the perfect time for Bryant to make a deposit in his big league home run account -- and he almost did it.
Bryant launched the great mathematician/relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero's 99-mph fastball deep into the Pittsburgh night -- landing at the base of the wall. Thanks to some hustle and Francisco Cervelli's glove being coated in Crisco, Bryant was able to race around the bases, avoid a pickle and score an inside-the-park-kind-of-sort-of-home-run-if-you-squint (it was officially ruled a double)
It may not be the way Bryant wanted his first big league homer and it won't look like that on his stats page when his career wraps up 45 years and 8,000 home runs from now, but for those watching on a random Monday night in April, we'll always remember.