Now happy with the Giants, Kris Bryant has no regrets about how his Cubs career ended – The Athletic

MILWAUKEE — It was about 10 minutes until the trade deadline and Kris Bryant was confused.

“I heard some rumblings, but it’s like, man, after three years of answering all the questions about being traded and stuff, and I’m not going to be the one who is traded? How did that work out?” he said Friday afternoon.

It was his wife, Jessica, who first broke the news to him. And just as he was talking to her, Giants GM Scott Harris was calling him.

In that viral video you saw, he was talking to Cubs president Jed Hoyer, but he already knew he was heading to San Francisco. It was Anthony Iapoce, the Cubs’ hitting coach, who made him tear up.

“He’s crying, like ‘Everybody’s going away,’” Bryant said. “That got to me.”

Five games into Bryant’s second life as a professional baseball player, he’s nothing but smiles. The weight is off his shoulders. After years of rumors, it finally happened. And it has worked out great for him so far. The first-place Giants have won four of five games since he reported to San Francisco. He homered in his debut, and he led the Giants to a wild comeback win to close out their series in Arizona.

Bryant said he hasn’t connected with Anthony Rizzo and Javy Báez about how they all homered in their first games, but yes, he thought it was cool, and he understands how the fan base saw it.

“What a coincidence for all that to happen and just pouring salt on a wound, kind of,” he said.