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Everyone has lost their dang mind for Kris Bryant

The Cubs have called up their top prospect -- ALLLLLL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN!

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

After sending third baseman Kris Bryant to Triple-A Iowa to ostensibly work on his defense, but really to preserve a year of service time, the Cubs have called up their top prospect and are batting him cleanup today against the Padres.

There is certainly a lot of hype around Bryant, with a segment on MLB Network this morning comparing him to the likes of Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Ramirez and Frank Thomas. Cubs fans are certainly excited for his Wrigley Field debut:

So, why all the hype for Bryant? Well, there is the tremendous on-field potential, covered here by Beyond the Box Score, and also the fact that Bryant is something of an exceptionally handsome, clean cut, all-American guy, a fact that has not gone unnoticed.

On the field, Bryant has been thrust into the cleanup spot in his debut today against James Shields and the Padres, which is a rare occurrence, especially for the Cubs.

In fact, there is speculation that Bryant may be asked to do more than power the Cubs' offense:

The hype for Bryant's debut is as big as for any Cubs player since Kerry Woodsays Al Yellon at Bleed Cubbie Blue. It's not just fans that are hyped for Bryant, either, as Las Vegas has put big expectations on his debut as well:

On the flip side, Mike Bates warns that Bryant may not be Mike Schmidt right out of the gate, and that's okay.

It is also important to remember that this is not just a big day for Bryant, but his family as well, eight of whom will be at Wrigley Field today, according to's Carrie Muskat.

Actually, the best part of the story of Bryant's call up may just be how the news was broken to him by Iowa manager Marty Pevey, who certainly has a sense of humor.