(CBS) As many in Chicago know, the commitment of second-year Cubs slugger Kris Bryant to his craft is thorough, extending on and off the field.
As to that latter point, the 24-year-old Bryant on Monday confirmed what’s been discussed more informally before: He’s never had an alcoholic drink in his life, he told Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Today’s Knuckleball.
A Las Vegas native, Bryant also told Heyman that he’s never placed a bet at a casino in his life. He’ll participate in his second All-Star Game on Tuesday evening when he starts at third base and hits third for the National League. Bryant was especially ecstatic to be joining three Cubs teammates in the starting infield, alongside first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Addison Russell.
“It says a lot about our fans and the people voting for us,” Bryant said Monday. “We’re all very grateful for it. We’re going to have a blast out there, and we’re going to do our quirkiness in the infield in certain counts that we do. It’s fun to throw across to Anthony, be turning double plays with Ben and seeing Addy in this thing. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Bryant leads the NL with 25 homers, and his 65 RBIs are good for sixth-most in the big leagues. He also sports a .962 OPS.