Cubs: Kris Bryant Takes BP Downtown, Launches Baseballs into the Chicago River

CHICAGO – Rain on Monday afternoon in Chicago delayed the Cubs pregame festivities, and even scrapped the first batting practice session of the season at Wrigley Field. So Red Bull and Kris Bryant decided to make up for the lost batting practice by holding it the next afternoon, in downtown Chicago.

On Tuesday afternoon Kris Bryant took roughly 50 swings in a live batting practice session, but the event wasn’t solely centered around launching balls into the Chicago River, but another opportunity for the fans to share a not so ordinary experience with one of their beloved Chicago Cubs sluggers.

As fans and media looked on from the nearby Wolf Point and the Riverwalk, Bryant went through his normal batting practice routine with the help of Chicago Cubs batting practice pitcher Juan Cabreja, as the Urban Kayak and Harbor Safety Committee patrolled the historic Chicago River to corral the baseballs that were hit into the water by the defending National League MVP.

Bryant had this to say about the event after he was done water-logging a handful of pearly-white baseballs,

“It was the best batting practice I have taken all year,” Bryant said. “Too bad we didn’t have a game today.”

Red Bull Media gave us a special inside look into the event, and we wanted to share some of the sights and sounds from yesterday’s event with you in case you weren’t able to make it downtown for the live lunchtime BP session.

Check out the video of the event in its entirety below, as well as some awesome pictures of the event, courtesy of the media team at Red Bull.

Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool
Photo: Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool

The Cubs are back in action tonight for the second game of their three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, check out our series preview here!

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