Once upon a time, MLB players held jobs in the offseason. The good ones owned local businesses—car dealerships and the like—the not-so-good ones dug graves. But now that the owners and the union have thoroughly streamlined the process of separating you from your money, players don't need jobs in the offseason anymore. Does that matter to Bryce Harper, who's hellbent on being a throwback to the olden days? No. No it does not.
Here's Harper on the Nationals' official team blog:
If you weren't playing ball, what would you be doing?
Bryce: I'd probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player. Going into the offseason, I'm going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on.
Not a bad skill to have. Lord knows ex-Nats prospects have chosen worse fallback careers.