"I had a coach who always told me, 'Be as sexy as you can be in the box,'" Bryce Harper told ESPN ahead of his spread The Body Issue.
Wait, what? Who was this coach and how do we stop him from talking to more children like this? Seriously, no matter how effective it is, that's some creepy-ass advice to give a little leaguer.
"I mean, if you've looked at [Robinson] Cano, I mean, there's nobody else as sexy as Cano in the box," Harper added. "I don't care what anybody says or how that's perceived."
Ok, so maybe whatever weirdo who taught the Nationals right fielder about seductive batting stances was onto something (Cano does have a very relaxed swing and Harper ranks third in home runs this season), but we generally advise adults to steer clear of instructing the youth to "be as sexy as you can be." This kind of tutelage screws with kids' priorities, which Harper demonstrated with this equally weird little anecdote about his childhood.
"Growing up you want to be on the front of the Wheaties Box, on the Topps card, in the Body Issue," he said, suggesting that MOST children who play sports strive to eventually appear nude in a sports magazine. Um, ok.
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