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We’d Go To Bat For Chicago Cubs MVP Kris Bryant

Put us in, coach!

The Chicago Cubs broke their century-plus-long streak to win the World Bowl of Super Baseball, or whatever its called.

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We are so happy for them—nobody likes being uninvited to the ball for that many years. And we’re especially happy for Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ star third baseman. This 24-year-old MVP helped turn the tide with a home run in Game 5, and nabbed the final out to take Chicago to victory in Game 7.

 

 

Also, he’s cute as all get out, which is no mean feat in a baseball uniform—those things still look like they’re from 1908.

Below, a salute to Kris Bryant in photos.

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Kris Bryant prepares for the upcoming baseball season in New Orleans, LA, USA on 14 April, 2015.
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MESA, AZ - MARCH 2:  Kris Bryant #76 of the Chicago Cubs poses for a portrait during Photo Day on March 2, 2015 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13:  National League All-Star Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 18: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs poses for a photograph with a fan before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 18, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14:  National League All-Star Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs looks on from the dugout prior to the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The American League defeated the National League 6-3.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs is congratuated in in the dugout after hitting a two run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 24: Kris Bryant (C) of the Chicago Cubs gets gets a gatorade bath from David Ross (L) and Anthony Rizzo (R) after hitting a walk-off home run against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning on August 24, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs won 2-1.(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 26:  Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants slides under the tag of Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs for a triple in the sixth inning at AT&T Park on August 26, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs waits in the dugout to bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 1: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs looks on against the Cincinnati Reds during a game at Great American Ball Park on October 1, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs defeated the Reds 5-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant #17 celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 17:  Chicago Cubs third baseman and Major League Baseball 2015 National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant (L) and Washington Nationals right fielder and MLB 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper hold ceremonial keys to the city of Las Vegas they received from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the Fremont Street Experience on December 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both players grew up playing against and with each other in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 10:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs stands in the dugout before the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 10, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 10:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs sits in the dugout during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 10, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 10:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs stands in the dugout during the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Stadium on March 10, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 5:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs stands in the dugout before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 5, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 20, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Kris Bryant #17 and Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after they score a run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Anthony Rizzo #44 and Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs look on in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs gets ready to bat against the San Francisco Giants during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 11, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01:  Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs hits a solo home run during the first inning against Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians in Game Six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Looks as good going as coming.

Kris has also launched a gig with Express Men.

I've got a surprise for you guys…follow @expressmen to find out more!

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What does it take to be one of the best ball players in the game? #KrisBryant #gametime

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He’s no cheetah!

Cheetah selfie!

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I mean…

Excited to announce my partnership with @ExpressRunway for their spring campaign! #ExpressMen

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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