Found March 18, 2013 on Bush League Chronicle:
There are a countless number of ways to break in a baseball glove. Some of the more notable things involved in this process can include any combination of the following: baby oil, an oven, a microwave, a rubber band, shaving cream, and a mattress, just to name a few.But for reigning National League Rookie of the Year winner Bryce Harper, breaking in a new mitt involves a bucket of water and the use of a sledgehammer. Yes, a sledgehammer.The Washington Post details how Harper turned to his father, an iron worker, to help him mold his outfielder's glove upon learning that he had been drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2010.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. "It gets it exactly how I like it and what I use," said Bryce, who also uses saddle oil on his glove.The process took approximately three days to complete.Harper, 20, seems content with the way his glove turned out, but there is some evidence that suggests he may want to reconsider. Harper tied for the league-lead (with three others) with the most errors committed by an outfielder last season (7).Perhaps a regimen consisting of Vasoline and a clothes dryer would fare better?On second thought, let's stick with the sledgehammer routine just for the shear awesomeness of it.Via The Washington Post
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Bryce Harper spent his off day answering phones for the Nats, got free burritos for life from Chipotle

Busy day off for Bryce Harper. First, he supposedly spent the day taking season ticket orders on the phone for the Nationals (pic above via @BHarper3407): Later, Harper found out Chipotle gave him his own Bryce Harper burrito card - and burritos for life. "Thanks chipotle for my free burrito's for life card! The best thing ever! I really appreciate it!"...

No clown questions, bro: Bryce Harper fielding Nationals season-ticket calls (photo)

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper apparently had Tuesday off from his real job, so instead of just taking it easy and doing whatever it is that Bryce Harper does to chill and relax — although Harper strikes me as the kind of guy who would use the term “chilax” instead of going with both “relax” and “chill,” but that’s another story altogether — he is spending...

Washington National’s Bryce Harper uses sledgehammer to break in his glove

Baseball is a game filled with superstitions and quirky behavior. In the game that gives us the famed Rally caps, beards are grown, same shirts are worn during streaks, while players create unique bonds with their equipment. Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper has a most unusual method of breaking in his glove. The process takes three days and involves the use of a sledgehammer...

Gio Gonzalez with Winnie the Pooh

In other important Washington Nationals Spring Training news, Gio Gonzalez went to Magic Kingdom on Sunday and posed with Winnie the Pooh. Not nearly as important as Bryce Harper posing with Mickey Mouse, but still. (via @GioGonzalez47) Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Bryce Harper tweets photo of Chipotle card that gives him free burriots for life

If there’s one thing we all should be worried about in this wacky world, it’s whether or not major league baseball players have the necessary means to procure themselves a tasty burrito from Chipotle. Obviously, baseball players, such as Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, have millions of dollars in the bank and presumably, vast amounts of cash at their disposal at any...

Video: Roger Bernadina on Netherlands loss to Dominican Republic

Video above of Roger Bernadina discussing the Netherlands' 4-1 loss to the Dominican Republic in a WBC semi-final last night. Also, in a Tweet after the game, The Shark referred to himself as "the shark self". Shark back to Nats soon... Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
WORLDS ARE COLLIDING

Riverdogs to serve beer milkshakes

In the latest of minor league stadiums with crazy food or beverage offerings, the Charlotte Riverdogs are serving up a beer-milkshake hybrid in several different varieties.

Video: Screech hits over-the-head backwards halfcourt shot at Wizards game

While you're sitting around worrying about what's wrong with Drew Storen (that is, if you're sitting around worrying about Drew's 2nd blown save of the spring last night -- 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB), here's video from high up above of Screech hitting an over-the-head, backwards halfcourt shot during halftime of last night's Wizards game. Pretty impressive stuff...

Nationals 12, Tigers 10

Tyler Moore homered twice and had three RBIs to lead the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 12-10 on Sunday. Ross Detwiler started for Washington in his first game back since pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed three hits and a run in four innings on a long homer by Torii Hunter in the first. Chris Marrero also drove in three runs...

Zimmermann, LaRoche Highlight Nats Loss To Tigers

The Washington Nationals lost to the Detroit Tigers, 5-1, on Monday, but the two teams’ third face-off of Spring Training wasn’t without its highlights. The Good Jordan Zimmerman was lights-out against Tigers hitters. He allowed a leadoff hit in the top of the first inning, but retired all 18 of the following batters he faced. He cruised through six innings, throwing...

Tigers fall to Nationals

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Tyler Moore homered twice and had three RBIs to lead the Washington Nationals past the Detroit Tigers 12-10 on Sunday. Ross Detwiler started for Washington in his first game back since pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. He allowed three hits and a run in four innings on a long homer by Torii Hunter in the first. Chris Marrero also...

Is It April Yet?

  For the first time, probably ever, I can say that this year’s Spring Training for the Washington Nationals is painfully, unquestionably, absolutely, boring.    The team’s opening day roster is all but set. There are no serious injuries, no silly over-performing or underperforming overreactions, not even a last chancer or two sprinkled around camp. The starters...

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 46

It's World Baseball Classic season right now, so we talk about the affect the WBC has had on the US and other countries and the Nats players that played for the States. We talk even more about the breakdown of the Nationals starting pitchers with the realization that Ross Detwiler will be the fifth starter instead of the fourth. Finally, we talk about the FanGraphs in-depth look...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.