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.
The Washington Post reports that Harper’s father, a retired ironworker, uses a sledgehammer in order to mold the outfielder’s glove after soaking the glove in water over the course of three days.
“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.”