Cubs' Bryant enjoying first year of being a dad

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, left, talked about how being a father has changed his life. His son Kyler will turn one in April.

    Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, left, talked about how being a father has changed his life. His son Kyler will turn one in April. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 2/26/2021 7:51 PM

Kris Bryant is closing in on one year of being a father and talked about how his son Kyler has changed his life.

"Honestly, it's the greatest thing I can ever experience," Bryant said this week from Cubs spring training. "It's so much fun just to see them change and do new things. It's like I come to the field way more relaxed and open for anything and be open for what the day has in store for me."

 

Bryant does have a lot on his mind baseball-wise, heading into the final year of his contract and coming off the worst season of his professional life.

"There is a sense of thinking about baseball when I go home, but it's not like consuming me, which is really a cool feeling," he said. "It's really hard to describe because I'm constantly chasing this kid around the house and doing anything I can to make him laugh and smile and at the end of the day when I'm done playing baseball, that's really all that matters to me.

"I think if I continue with that perspective and approach ... it just makes me a better person and hopefully a better baseball player along the way too."

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