Bryce Harper makes a stop at Ben’s Chili Bowl

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Gifted with one last off day this regular season, Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper blew a few minds in D.C. by showing up to local favorite Ben's Chili Bowl with local rapper Wale in tow on Monday night. The pair of pals cut the line in their quest for a half smoke, "slightly" annoying at least one "slightly star struck" fan. Nats Enquirer speculates that Harper and Wale were doing some sort of photo shoot around town, though Wale tweeted that he was just "[kicking] it wit the homie":

Talked sneaks, Nats, hiphop , rg3 .. And my pitching skills! Ha

Harper hasn't been shy about getting out into the community during his first year in Washington. He joined a softball game near the Washington Monument in his first month and gave some children some indispensable advice at a baseball camp last month.

Getting some eats at Ben's Chili Bowl, however, is just going to strengthen his everyman reputation among Washington-area sports fans even more. Plus he got a delicious dinner — all the, uh, better to prepare him for this week's series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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