Center field at Wrigley Field is among the shallowest in baseball at just 400 feet. The wall in center is a bit higher than most, but knocking one out to center field at Wrigley is still a much easier task than, say, at Marlins Park.
But knocking one out to center, above the length of the wall, the bushes behind the wall, and into the batter’s eye? That’s a long way away, and it’s not something you see very often.
Kris Bryant did it yesterday against the Reds:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 18, 2017
That looked like a musket explosion off of the bat, as Bryant crushed his 8th homer of the year. The extra millisecond pause where he looked up to see where the ball was going was as close as you’ll get to seeing Bryant admire one of his homers. He knew he got all of it.
The stats on that one say it all:
Kris Bryant absolutely destroyed that one. pic.twitter.com/w4VlaSygKv
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) May 18, 2017
On the year, the reigning MVP now has his line up to .297/.403/.554, with a 150 wRC+. That is, for now, exactly one point higher than his 2016 MVP campaign.