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August 21, 2014

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Bryce Harper’s ‘clown question’ retort takes off

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Bryce Harper

TORONTO — Bryce Harper's comebacks look ready for the big leagues, too.

The 19-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder quipped "That's a clown question, bro" to a Toronto TV reporter who asked if he planned to take advantage of Canada's lower drinking age after belting a long home run in a win over the Blue Jays.

For a brief time, the highest trending topic on Twitter was Harper's response: "That's a clown question, bro." The outfielder's name was also among the site's most popular subjects.

Twitter users have been reformulating the phrase to fit different contexts, too.

In Ontario, the drinking age is 19, not 21 as in the United States. Following the game, a reporter asked Harper whether he planned to celebrate his huge homer with a beer, and what his preferred brand would be.

Harper is a Mormon, a religion that forbids alcohol. A Nationals PR staffer suggested the reporter try a different line of questioning, but Harper was ready.

"I'm not answering that," Harper said. "That's a clown question, bro."

Sure enough, by Wednesday morning, online retailers were offering T-shirts emblazoned with Harper's comment, while fans far and wide were posting tweets about the latest baseball catchphrase.

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  1. I think the kid (a 19 year old kid) handled himself pretty well. I'm just wondering how many times he's watched Bull Durham. It almost seems like Crash Davis has taught him how to handle interviews; "You're gonna have to learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends." Although "that's a clown question bro" seems more like it was taught to him by Justin Bieber.

  2. I just read a great book on Bryce called "The Last Natural" by Rob Miech - After reading this book, It is easy to understand where Bryce is coming from.