06/28/2013 11:34 am ET

Bryce Harper, Cap'n Crunch's Number One Fan? Nationals Star Asks For, Receives Free Cereal


WASHINGTON -- Nationals star Bryce Harper already got free Chipotle for life. What more could a 20-year-old want?

Free Cap'n Crunch, of course.

The outfielder, currently in the midst of a $9.9 million, five-year deal with the Nats, took to Twitter in early June to share a snapshot of his massive midnight snack and ended up getting a response from the Captain himself:

Harper took advantage of the one-on-one to ask for some free breakfast:

Harper hasn't hidden his love of the sweet cereal. In a February Washington Post profile, he shared his typical diet:

What sustains him is breakfast — his favorite meal of the day — and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just before games start. When he is home, however, he gets three hearty meals a day, if not more. He eats whatever his mother, Sheri, makes and places before him. One night the menu is fettuccini, another it’s enchiladas or shepherd’s pie. “She makes everything good and everything is fresh,” he said.

“I just eat as much as I can,” Harper added. “I don’t really care. I don’t really have a diet. I’m still going to eat Fruity Pebbles and Captain Crunch and all these cereals at 12 o’clock at night. I don’t really care.”

Cap'n Crunch himself faced controversy earlier this month after Foodbeast discovered his uniform had only three stripes, which would make him a commander in the U.S. Navy, rather than the four stripes of a captain's uniform.

In response to the uniform fraud allegation, a spokesperson for the Cap'n told TODAY.com:

We don’t feel [the fourth stripe is] necessary -- the Cap’n is after all a Cap’n, as he mans the S.S. Guppy. And it’s the crunch, not the clothes, that make the man!

"We have no Cap’n Crunch in the personnel records -– and we checked,” Navy spokesman Lt. Commander Chris Servello told the Wall Street Journal.

(h/t The Washington Post)



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