You thought Bryce Harper became baseball's next big thing just based on his talent? No way - Harper is extremely superstitious and took Major League Baseball by storm as a 19-year-old thanks to his bizarre habits.
Harper told Jimmy Kimmel that he gets to the field around noon for a 7:05 p.m. game so that he has time to take a whopping seven showers beforehand. Harper also eats Eggo waffles, and only Eggo waffles, before each game.
Harper's other major superstition - he wears the same unwashed clothes during hitting or winning streaks - is shared by tons of big leaguers. But the repeated showering and Eggos? It's a pretty safe bet that Harper is the only guy that does that.
Harper is a once-in-a-decade talent, so it's pretty safe to say that he'd be putting up big numbers no matter what. But for many athletes, getting the mind right before a game is critical to success. So even though Harper's superstitions sound really weird, if they make him feel relaxed and confident on the field, they're probably worth it.
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Sources: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry Brown Sports