Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant made his highly-anticipated debut on Friday, but it didn’t go how he or Cubs fans would’ve liked. Bryant finished 0-4 with three strikeouts on the afternoon. The third baseman was impressive with his glove, but San Diego Padres starter James Shields got the better of him on this day.
It was a debut that gathered the attention of most around the baseball world, and of course that attention was taken to Twitter. Here’s a glimpse of Twitter during Kris Bryant Day.
It started with this from adidas.
— adidas Baseball (@adidasBaseball) April 17, 2015
Fair warning: these tweets are presented without (much) comment. Some are sarcastic, some are thoughtful, some are reactions and some are up for your own interpretation.
Moving forward, I pray for the Cubs franchise and the people of Chicago. Hope they can look back at the 8 games w/o Kris Bryant and grow.
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) April 17, 2015
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 17, 2015
— Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) April 17, 2015
It didn’t take long for Bryant to make an impact on the field. The second batter of the day hit a ground ball to Bryant at third with a man on first.
And Kris Bryant starts a 5-4-3 double play. Naturally. 🙂
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) April 17, 2015
Bryant hit fourth in the lineup. After two quick outs from Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo walked, bringing Bryant to the plate.
Biggest ovation ever for a first inning 2 out walk
— Willie Argo (@WillieArgo42) April 17, 2015
Kris Bryant's walk-up song: the "Fast 6" theme song. I like this guy already.
— Greg Brzozowski (@GregWJHG) April 17, 2015
Bryant struck out on three pitches. Boom went the dynamite.
Cubs fans' reaction to Kris Bryant's first at-bat: pic.twitter.com/GWTDRXY2QT
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 17, 2015
Kris Bryant struck out for our sins
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 17, 2015
Kris Bryant is on pace for a lifetime .000 batting avg. #rjbelltweets
— mfa6677 (@mfa6677) April 17, 2015
James Shields just became my favorite non-White Sox pitcher.
— rickbozich (@rickbozich) April 17, 2015
Mookie would of hit a HR
— Higgy (@FadeHiggy) April 17, 2015
Just a few minutes ago: Smokies players watching Kris Bryant's first Big League at bat on the videoboard pic.twitter.com/pMkwBtOVIh
— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) April 17, 2015
You won't believe it I have air from Kris Bryant first at bat from the swing of the strikeout it's for sale 🙂 pic.twitter.com/KrxQGSgHqc
— Brad Sir BearKiller (@badbrad1987) April 17, 2015
And then Bryant struck out again.
Why the Cubs were wrong to rush Kris Bryant to the big leagues. My column: http://hottake
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) April 17, 2015
All was not lost, as Bryant showed his glove off with a few impressive plays, including this one below.
What's amazing is Kris Bryant only learned how to make that catch in the last two weeks.
— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) April 17, 2015
In the bottom of the fifth, Bryant came to the plate with two on and one out in a 4-2 game.
Hey @KrisBryant_23 you're about do hit a 3 run bomb
— bobek10 (@bobek10) April 17, 2015
It didn’t work out that way.
3rd K for #Cubs Bryant
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) April 17, 2015
Alright, now it's Addison Russell time.
— Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan) April 17, 2015
Bryant’s struggles brought out plenty of St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox fans and their opinions.
So many Cardinals & Sox fans tweeting about the Cubs game. Weird
— Michael (@smitty8823) April 17, 2015
This happened in the 7th inning.
Padres intentionally walk Rizzo to get to Bryant, who is 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 17, 2015
Cubs minor-leaguer C.J. Edwards showed his support for Bryant.
Make them PAY KB @KrisBryant_23
— Cj Edwards (@CEdwardsSBS) April 17, 2015
Kris Bryant grounds out to third, stranding 2 runners, and move onto the 8th IP. #Cubs.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 17, 2015
What if the Cubs send Kris Bryant down after this game and put out a press release that just says "See, told you"
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 17, 2015
Kris bryant is 0-4 with 3 k's and hes suppose to be the Savior?
— the ugly duckling (@beanz_2) April 17, 2015
They're just saving Kris Bryant for a walk-off for his first hit. Don't worry everybody
— Zach Roettger (@_ZiggyStardust1) April 17, 2015
The Cubs lost the game 5-4 after Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 7th.
LOL so this is Kris Bryant???
— James Compernolle (@yim_yames) April 17, 2015
As for Kris Bryant's debut, I was pleasantly surprised by his glovework at third base. Looked more overanxious than overmatched at the dish.
— Zachary D. Rymer (@zachrymer) April 17, 2015
Kris Bryant: "Worth the wait"…. Yeah okay. #HatTrick
— Jackson Schneider (@JBane87) April 17, 2015
The Kris Bryant Band wagon is empty for the next few hours, until he goes yard in the next few games, then they love him.
— Matthew Saffo (@matthewsaffo) April 17, 2015
There’s a good sample of the good, the bad and the ugly from Twitter in Kris Bryant’s debut.