Kris Bryant left Sunday’s game due to dizziness following a hard, head-first slide into second base, but was later cleared of having a concussion and rejoined the Cubs’ lineup Monday.
However, the scare has convinced Bryant to cease sliding head-first, as he explained to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago:
I only have one head. I only have one life so there’s nothing really to joke about. I’ve always slid head first but I’ve made some pretty good strides in sliding feet first. Sometimes it’s hard to think on the run.
(I thought about titling this post “Breaking: Kris Bryant admits ‘I only have one life’ but decided to wait until noon to be a doofus on the internet if possible.)
No longer sliding head-first seems like a tough thing to simply decide to change, because as Bryant points out it’s based on repetition and instincts on some level, so we’ll see how he fares.
At the plate Bryant has sunk into a prolonged slump, hitting just .149 with two homers and a .564 OPS in 25 games since his two-homer, six-RBI game against the Marlins on July 4. Of course, even with that slump dragging down Bryant’s overall numbers his .791 OPS is damn good for a 23-year-old rookie.