The Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is expected to help break the Curse of the Billy Goat — but did he just double curse them?
With a franchise that has gone 107 years since its last World Series title, Chicago Cubs fans are a little excited for the arrival of Kris Bryant, a top prospect who is supposed to finally carry the team to glory.
Just how much does Bryant mean to the city of Chicago right now? This awesome Red Bull commercial, which of course features the cursed billy goat, provides some perspective.
While there are a few highlights, Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah is the funniest part of the commercial. Noah isn’t impressed with Bryant’s 6-5 frame and warns him that fans in the Windy City can be tough. Bryant may already know this-someone at Wrigley Field yelled “you suck” at Bryant very audibly after his third strikeout in his debut game.
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Bryant wasn’t down milking cows and mowing fields during his brief stay at Triple-A Iowa to begin the year. Rather, he was slugging three home runs and driving in 10 over the course of seven games before being promoted. Bryant’s slightly delayed arrival had everything to do with service time and nothing to do with performance.
As Billy Corgan points out in the commercial, it’s more about a winning process for the Cubs than Bryant himself. Bryant is one piece of an orginization stocked with young talent and led by an excellent manager in Joe Maddon.
Bryant’s career is off to a good start after that shaky debut, as he has gone 6-14 with two doubles and four RBIs in four games. As the commercial underscores, he is under quite a bit of pressure.
Will Bryant and company be enough to break The Curse of the Billy Goat? Chicago will find out in the next few years.
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