Ian Happ: 'Kris Bryant Goes Through Things Too'

Happ offered a look at how Cubs star Bryant handles a season.

Dan Bernstein Show
July 23, 2020 - 10:41 am

(670 The Score) Cubs outfielder Ian Happ and third baseman Kris Bryant often check their statistics on Baseball Reference, getting a sense for how they're performing relative to the past.

Bryant's browsing also serves as a reminder that he's an elite player, which in grueling seasons or tough stretches can be helpful to remember even for the best players in the game.

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That perspective is something that Happ helped reveal of Bryant during an interview on Happ's podcast, "The Compound." Happ sees Bryant in a way that the public might not.

"I understand what he goes through on a daily basis," Happ said on the Dan Bernstein Show on Thursday. "Being the MVP, the Rookie of the Year and one of the best players in the league isn't as easy as it might look or he makes it look. 

"Kris Bryant goes through things too. Kris Bryant isn't just given everything. He works very, very hard. He puts so much pressure on himself because he just cares so much. He wants to be the best for his teammates, this city and for the franchise."

Bryant, 28, is entering his sixth season with the Cubs. He's a career .284 hitter with 138 home runs and 403 RBIs and won the National League MVP award in 2016. 

Bryant's long-term future with the Cubs is uncertain. He's under contract control through 2021 and landed in trade speculation last offseason before the coronavirus pandemic halted spring training.

For his part, Happ sees how Bryant can be reinforced by his track record as they manage the highs and lows of a season.

"Sometimes you need a reminder," Happ said. "It doesn't matter how good you've done in your career. There's a lot of this game that's 'What have you done for me lately?' It may be 'What have you done for me today or yesterday or in your last week?' 

"That constant reminder of, 'Hey, man. You're one of the best guys to ever play the game. What you've done so far in your career is exceptional. It doesn't matter what you've done this week or last week. At the end of the day, you're a very, very good baseball player.'"