Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper is one of the most promising young stars in sports. When a player possesses such an amazing amount of talent, it's always going to lead to plenty of attention and fun opportunities, like appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The National League Rookie of the Year visited the late-night talk show on Tuesday night to discuss a wide range of topics, including his infamous "clown question" moment, which has since taken on a life of its own.
Among the more interesting things he discusses are his different rituals during the season, including the ridiculous amount of times he showers before a game. It shows how wrapped up some athletes get in superstition.
Harper always discusses his love of waffles, which Kimmel jokes will earn him a deal with Eggo in the near future.
More importantly, this late-night appearance gives fans a chance to see the real Harper, who certainly seems more down to Earth than was suggested during his rise. He rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his outlandish eye-black styles and questionable attitude.
But from his first at-bat in the major leagues, it was clear that, above everything else, Harper plays the game extremely hard. Few players put as much effort into running out every groundball as he did, which helped win people over who may have been on the fence about him.
This interview will be another step in the right direction. He doesn't come off as cocky or arrogant; he's just a 20-year-old superstar who's enjoying the spotlight.
He better be prepared to deal with it all season, too. The Nationals are a top World Series contender after a successful offseason, and he's going to need to play a key role for them to live up to the hype.