Bryce Harper called in to MLB Network's Hot Stove on Thursday to chat with Harold Reynolds and Billy Ripken (watch full video clip below) after being named "Face of the Nationals" by MLB Network voters (Tom Brady also got at least one vote, FWIW).
At several points during the interview, Reynolds asked Harper about his plan to get "as big as a house" this offseason, which has somehow become a controversial topic:
Reynolds: "Are you surprised you got as much heat for saying 'Hey Im gonna put some weight on?"
Harper: "It's kind of crazy that everyone's going a little berserk about me putting on weight. I was 235 coming in last year. It's not sloppy weight. I'm not fat. I look pretty good. [Laughing] I don't want to say that, but I'm not gonna lie. It's not like I'm out eating McDonalds and Del Taco every night. I eat good. My Mom fixes dinner every night..."
Among the other topics (being named Face of the Nationals, his offseason workouts, his UFC belt, playing hurt), Ripken asked Harper about his approach to the game, specicially running into the wall at Dodger Stadium:
"It would be nice not to run into a wall again. That's something I don't like doing. But I'm gonna play hard like I always do..."
Watch the complete interview, here:
(Screencap above via MLB.com video)