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Bryce Harper's food blog is full of strange culinary wonders

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper reacts after he flew out during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's episode of the Cut4Cast podcast. To hear more of the Cut4 staff's weekly banterings about which position player is the best at pitching or how baseball would work in outer space, subscribe to the Cut4Cast by clicking here.
Last week, Bryce Harper and his wife Kayla started a food blog ... or did they? This week on the Cut4Cast, Dakota Gardner, Gemma Kaneko and Ian Kay wonder if an Instagram account is really a blog and ask questions about Harper's culinary tastes.  
Dakota: Important question about Bryce Harper's food blog. It's technically an Instagram account. So, is it even a blog? 
Ian: I think we have to first give Bryce credit for joining the content wars as a blogger now. I do have a lot of questions about the format and exactly where this is going. As someone who's started a blog in my life, I understand it takes a while to find your voice.
Dakota: Hey Ian, what blog did you start? Could it be Cut4? 

Ian: Back in the day, when Cut4 was just me typing away about weird things about baseball, yes. But, as you can see ... we've grown far beyond that.  
Gemma: I like it when you write your yearly post. About food! It's great. 
Ian: It is pretty much once a year. 
Dakota: It's usually during All-Star but you weren't there this year. 
Ian: It takes me so long to write one blog post now. That's why I only do it once a year. It takes like an entire game for me to write 300 words about a weird hot dog. 
Gemma: That's maybe why Bryce is sticking to Instagram only. 
Ian: Yeah, I mean the captions are pretty good. His posts have been so varied. Some things are whatever he ate for dinner, but others are well-rounded meals with the hashtag personal chef. I think there was a smoothie on there
I'm not sure what the tone is. Is it "healthy athlete eating" or is it "person traveling constantly and highlighting food from different places?" Or it's just "rich kids of Instagram, aka I have a personal chef." I feel like he does eventually need to find a lane and stay in it, but right now I support him trying new things and testing out all these different roads to see where they may lead. 

Dakota: I like the variety, because everybody's food blog is different. The thing that is interesting about Bryce Harper's food blog is not necessarily the things that he's eating, but that it is Bryce Harper's food blog. That's why I'm okay with him having some posts that are like, "Look at this awesome meal my personal chef made. Aren't you jealous?" while also having posts like, "Hey I ate this cool restaurant." 

Gemma: It's not really a food blog. It's just food he has consumed. You cannot know how to make the food. There are no recipes. You're just left asking yourself why anyone would put salmon in a taco.

As everyone knows, Adam Jones is the greatest food photographer and consumer in MLB, and when he does this, he lists a bunch of restaurants. So, I could conceivably go there and eat the things Adam Jones ate. I could never eat what Bryce is eating because I don't have his personal chef. 
Ian: It's also Bryce and Kayla Harper, his wife. I don't know if there's -- pardon the pun -- several cooks in the kitchen on this Instagram. A lot of the food that has appeared is unconventional. Gemma mentioned salmon tacos which were part of a post about breakfast ... alongside pancakes?
Gemma: And eggs! Why is there a full sunny-side up plate of eggs next to your salmon tacos? Baffling. 
Dakota: Because he's a professional athlete! Dude is jacked. You need a lot of calories to keep that up. 
Ian:  It was unclear if if that photo was from a restaurant or from his house. His first post was some kind of charcuterie plate but it also had asparagus on it, which is not a thing that I've seen before.

That's why I'm glad he's doing this -- to kind of bring us these delicacies that we may not be aware of that exist out in baseball player land.