Like father like son


By Andrew Clare

From the little league fields of Las Vegas to professional baseball, Kris Bryant and his father Mike have shared a special baseball relationship.

“The baseball bond is unbreakable,” Mike Bryant said. “It’s the glue that pulls everything together, I’m the first guy he turns to when he is struggling or dealing with adversity.”

As Kris moves closer and closer to his dream of becoming a big leaguer, the support and confidence his father has in him has grown larger and larger.

“I call him after every game,” Kris Bryant said. “I talk to him about how the game went, how the pitchers are pitching me. He has really great advice all the time.”

In just a year of professional baseball Bryant has hit over 30 home runs. But, he said it was his very first homer when he was eight years old that’s sticks out the most to him because he got to share it with his father.

“He told me if I hit a home run I’d get 100 bucks,” Bryant said. “I did, I was running around the bases and he stopped me after I touched third he picked me up and gave me a big hug.”

For Mike Bryant there are many memories that he and Kris have shared on the diamond together. All those memories came circling back to him last year when the Cubs drafted Kris with the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.

“That moment was huge for us,” Bryant said. “It was a culmination of everything and the beginning of everything all in one.

George Straight once said a father’s love is a love without end and that’s how it has a been in the Bryant family. It’s just a story about a father and son growing closer and closer to each other over the years through America’s pastime.


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Categories: 2014 Smokies Feature


The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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