2) “I’ve worked my whole career to get to this point to be able to choose where [I] want to play. Colorado definitely fits my personality … It’s always been a big favorite of mine and my family … Getting to this point in my career where you get to choose where you want to play is a huge blessing and something that I don’t take lightly …” – Kris Bryant
This is the first of many quotes from Kris Bryant that we will have here about his love of Denver and his love of the Colorado Rockies.
Kris Bryant truly wanted to be a member of the Colorado Rockies. That went a long way in him signing with the team. But he has a great relationship with Bill Schmidt, he’s a big fan of Bud Black, Denver, Colorado, and a number of other things about being with the Rockies.
Another one of the things is Coors Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies. They are the subject of quote number three.
3) “Coors Field: I love hitting there. Who doesn’t?! It’s definitely a hitter’s park and that’s definitely attractive. But just the park, in general, and going there for the All-Star Game last year and getting to see the home side and the clubhouse and how much money they’ve invested into that and this facility (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.), I was shocked and blown away at just the stuff that you had your fingertips (at Coors Field).
“I was talking with some other guys there (at the All-Star Game) and we were saying ‘this is the best clubhouse we’ve ever seen!’ – Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant had played at Coors Field and faced the Colorado Rockies plenty of times in his MLB career but before he was an All-Star in 2021, he had never seen the home side of things.
He had an opportunity to see it when he was on the home side for the National League All-Stars at Coors Field last July and those few days were a big factor in Bryant signing with the Rockies.
Despite their connection to San Diego, Bud Black (who went to college at San Diego State, managed, and still lives in San Diego in the offseason) and Kris Bryant (who went to the University of San Diego), the two had never spoken before the All-Star Game. Black said that he watched Bryant from afar “as a baseball fan” but the two never had connected before the All-Star festivities.