"I only have one head," Bryant said on Monday. "I only have one life so there's nothing really to joke about."
Bryant went through concussion protocols and was deemed OK to play Monday night after making contact with Brewers shortstop Jean Segura while sliding head first into second base in the fifth inning of the Cubs' 4-3 win. The play was a wake-up call for Bryant, as it reminded him of friend and former Arizona State player Cory Hahn's incident where he was left paralyzed after a headfirst slide.
"I've always slid head first but I've made some pretty good strides in sliding feet first," Bryant said. "Sometimes it's hard to think on the run."
Bryant says the coaches encourage players to slide feet first but manager Joe Maddon thought the injury was more of a fluke than anything else.
"I didn't have any problem with it," he said. "It's a crazy game, things happen. You always prefer feetfirst sliding. A lot of guys aren't good at it or don't like it but I'll tell you one thing, infielders don't like it because it's a much more intimidating way to apply a tag."
Bryant hopes he can change his ways, though sometimes "instincts" take over. He knows a head injury can be a serious issue.
"There's more important things than being safe (at the base)," Bryant said.