Baseball players are known for their, shall we say "unique," idiosyncrasies.
Whether it's how they stand in the batter's box, what type of music they listen to in the locker room, or how they break in their equipment, these guys have some pretty unusual habits.
Take Bryce Harper, for instance. The Washington Nationals star is coming off of a stellar rookie season. Not only was he named an All-Star, he went on to win Rookie of the Year.
If you're wondering how the 20-year-old Harper got so good at such a young age, the answer may lie in his extreme dedication to the sport. Harper recently revealed to the Washington Post his and his dad's preferred method for breaking in his glove, and it is quite unique:
Ron Harper stuffed three balls into the glove, tied it shut and dropped it in a bucket of water for a day. The former ironworker then pulled the glove out of the water and smashed it with a sledgehammer. He repeated the soaking treatment, letting it dry for a day before his son used it to play catch. Ron’s method of breaking in the glove shortens the amount of time Bryce said he needs to play catch with it to loosen the leather.
Weird? Maybe. But clearly it works, so you've got to hand it to the Harpers on this one.
(H/T to Game On!)