Just because Bryce Harper is 19 years old doesn't mean he has tolerance for silly postgame questions in the clubhouse.
After batting 3-for-4 with a home run in the Washington Nationals' 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, Harper was asked by a Toronto radio station if he might go out for a celebratory beer since the legal drinking age in Canada is 19.
As the question was being asked, Harper snorted derisively and shook his head, knowing where this was going. Before the radio reporter could finish his question, he was cut off by a Nationals' public relations staffer.
However, that didn't stop Harper from giving a far more memorable answer than if he'd actually directly addressed the beer inquiry.
"I’m not answering that," Harper said (via Getting Blanked). "That’s a clown question, bro."
And with that, we have a Twitter meme on Wednesday morning. Go ahead and do a search under the hashtag #clownquestionbro and brace yourself for a wave of fun and frivolity.
(I admit, I couldn't resist joining in the fun myself. Pardon the adult language in my tweet.)
Here's video of the clubhouse exchange.
Sure, it was an attempt to be irreverent by the radio guy. Ask the 19-year-old rookie something goofy. It's doubtful the reporter would've tried something like that with Adam LaRoche or Michael Morse. Maybe, just maybe, he'd get something funny.
As it turns out, he did. Just not the funny he was expecting.
For his part, Harper showed his maturity in dismissing the question. He could have played along, said something stupid and possibly stoked a trumped-up controversy surrounding underage alcohol consumption.
Or maybe he just wanted to talk about the mammoth home run he hit off the restaurant windows in Rogers Centre. If only there was still a Hard Rock Cafe out there, we could call Harper "Hard Rock Harper" (OK, it's probably for the best that we can't do that).
Some might suggest Harper show more of a sense of humor. But it was apparent that he resented the attempt to get him in trouble or take advantage of his youth. As we've seen so many times on the field, this is no typical 19-year-old. Now, Harper has shown that in the clubhouse as well.
So will we see Harper or any of his Nationals teammates use the "clown question" answer again this season? I'm guessing yes. But it will never be like the first time.
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