Kris Bryant has found his Major League Baseball home for the next seven seasons, inking a $182 million this past offseason to play through the 2028 season with the Colorado Rockies. It’s hard to imagine Bryant, the former National League MVP and World Series champion as anything but a baseball player. However, before entering college at the University of San Diego, there was an occupation that Bryant strong considered as a fallback just in case his baseball skills didn’t translate to the college level or higher.
In high school and very early in college, Kris Bryant of the Colorado Rockies thought about becoming a dentist
Bryant, the player who often flashes a smile on the diamond, including when he let go of a throw to first base in what would be the final out of the 2016 World Series that gave the Chicago Cubs their first title in a century, was very interested in smiles in high school. In fact, so much so that he thought about becoming a dentist.
Check out this video of a young Bryant showing his skills and talking about becoming a dentist “if baseball doesn’t work out” … and picture Dr. Bryant existing in a multiverse somewhere as you watch it.
Of course, we had to ask Bryant about that potential change of occupation when we recently caught up with him inside the Colorado Rockies clubhouse.
“Oh man,” Bryant smiled. “It went maybe a semester in college. I really don’t know why. That was something in high school, but I always wanted baseball to work out and it did.”
Bryant said that the thought of becoming a dentist evaporated quickly when he was trying to figure out how to balance the necessary college classes with what he was trying to accomplish on the field.
“I got to college and realized that the science classes were just way too hard with a baseball schedule,” Bryant said. “I said, ‘No, I’m going to go over to business and finance.’ I didn’t really get too far in that before I was drafted (second overall by the Cubs in 2013 MLB draft), so I have a lot of work to do if I want to get my degree.”
Dr. Kris Bryant may have a very nice ring to it, but fans of the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and now Colorado Rockies are very happy that Bryant is focusing on base hits instead of bicuspids.