Bryce Harper and Juan Soto are similar in more ways than you may think. They were both fairly young when they made their major-league debuts, they each were 19 years old and they each were rookie phenoms who took the MLB world by storm.
Now, being a professional athlete already comes with a great deal of pressure but just imagine having to navigate the big leagues as a teenager.
On the latest episode of Barstool Sports’ Starting 9 podcast Monday, Harper made an appearance and recalled the day when he met his former teammate Juan Soto.
“The first day he came up to me I talked to him, gave him a hug said congrats, welcome to the big leagues,” Harper said.
Harper also shared a genuine message to the young hitter, “Be yourself, that’s all I want you to do.”
Harper remembers how difficult it was being a teenager in MLB and wanted to share advice from his personal experience.
“When I play with guys, I want to get to know them on a personal level like I want to get to know them as players as individuals. I want them to know I have their back day in and day out, I want them to know that they can come to me with anything like if it's off the field on the field...I want that relationship with them.”
Harper went on to explain how he respects Soto's confidence and authenticity especially when it comes to Soto's infamous between-pitch routine, known as 'The Soto Shuffle.'
"I want them to be themselves 24/7 because if their not you're changing them."
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