Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On Harper's 'that's a clown question, bro'



In case you missed this earlier, here is Bryce Harper's now infamous quote from after Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays. He may now own the most famous utterance of "bro" since a University of Florida student asked John Kerry about the Skull and Bones.

Do you agree the question was out of line and how surprised have you been by Harper's maturity overall in interviews?

76 comments:

NatsJack in Florida said...

Class answer by a Class kid.

And let me say, watching Big Papi play first against the Fish sure looks strange.

Brother Juniper said...

So long as the rest of the world understands that only Nats fans are allowed to use that phrase, I'm fine with it.

pRAA said...

The guy clearly didn't know that Harper is a Mormon. He might as well have asked him to compare the Canadian coffee at Tim Horton's Donuts with the American coffee at Dunkin.

Doc said...

Don't want to be too self-righteous about it, but the reporter would have done well to appreciate and respect that Bryce is a Morman.

Other than that, the reporter was only trying to distinguish between the drinking age in Canada (18 years of age) and that of the USA--an otherwise honest mistake. We start our celebrating a few years before our American cousins.

Bryce gave his best and most honest answer, as he always does.

peric said...

Uhhh he's a practicing Mormon? So, yes its a clown question Bro.

peric said...

Of course Ted Williams would have been a great deal surlier about it ... ;)

natscan reduxit said...

... all I can say is I hope it wasn't a Canadian reporter who asked the question. Harper is a Mormon, or so I've read, and drinking alcohol is against those beliefs, or so I'm led to believe.

... it sure seemed to me someone was trying to stir the pot. In the end, Bryce showed far more maturity in dealing with the question than the dingbat who asked it.

Go Bryce! Go Nats!!

Gonat said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Class answer by a Class kid.

June 13, 2012 7:25 PM
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On Intentional talk, they showed that "Clown Question Bro" its already a T-Shirt and Millar said he would wear it on the air.

Another_Sam said...

BTW, in my wildest fantasy, I'd not dreamed that the 19 year old guy could hit .300 in the big leagues. That's how much I know, bro.

peric said...

On Intentional talk, they showed that "Clown Question Bro" its already a T-Shirt and Millar said he would wear it on the air,

Probably Fresh 22.

Another_Sam said...

NatsJack - right on, a class act.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And now our illustrious self appointed smartest man in the room states that a 19 year old Ted Williams would have reacted surlier.

Wow.

peric said...

Those Canucks pushing their delicious Bradors.

Sell it to Werth he looks more like Big Foot.

JamesFan said...

Trivial discussion.

peric said...

And now our illustrious self appointed smartest man in the room states that a 19 year old Ted Williams would have reacted surlier.

Yup. His mom was in the Salvation Army and a Quaker, but Ted had an ongoing war with reporters ... and then players when he managed the Senators.

But that's another story for someone who is a true DC baseball fan not a Johnny come lately like Mr. NatsJack ... or Natsjoke.

NatsLady said...

Here is the workout regime that Ryan Zimmerman recommended a couple of years ago. Have fun trying it, folks.

Celebrity workouts

http://www.thecelebrityworkout.com/2012/04/major-league-baseball-training-and-workout-tips/

Another_Sam said...

also BTW, bro's -- very hard for me to say this: Go Yankees. Crush the Braves. I'm already watching the scoreboard. I've drunk the kool aid.

peric said...

very hard for me to say this: Go Yankees. Crush the Braves. I'm already watching the scoreboard. I've drunk the kool aid.

You're a better man than I am. I absolutely abhor the Yankees or Spankees ... speaking of unbridled arrogance ... I hate those guys.

NatsJack in Florida said...

So maybe his undying love for the Nats is tainted. I'd root for peric to beat MicheleS if it meant another half game in the standings for the Nats.

pRAA said...

My only regret with the clown question incident is that it occurred after I had already submitted the STH questionnaire to the Nats that asked what events I would like to suggest for the STH Picnic at the Park. Because a Clown Question session with Bryce would be awesome. Show up in a clown suit, get to ask him a question.

JB said...

I'm with Peric here. There's no question about who I want to win the NL East.... by as much as possible. But I like being "the best in the best division", and beating up on out-of-division opponents is the only way to do it.

Except the Marlins. 0-162 iwould not be enough.
NatinBeantown

NatsJack in Florida said...

Great idea, pRAA. Can I steal it?

NatsJack in Florida said...

JB....that's what the World Series is for.

The Fox said...

I've been very impress by Harper both on and off the field. Almost everything I knew about him was what I read either in Sports Illustrated or GQ or various sports sections of newspapers. In all those articles he came across as a cocky teenager. This did not shock or concern me too much because he was a teenager. However all the times that I've actually seen him interviewed since he came up to the big leagues I've been impressed on how he handles questions and his overall demeanor.

So either he has mature very quickly or someone has really sat him down and talked to him or maybe all the articles I've read were unfairly slanted. I guess it could be all 3?

Maybe Mark can tell us whether he has changed since spring training or if this young man is not the one portrayed in early articles and stories told about him.

When his eyes opened up you could tell he was a little perturbed and I'm sure growing up as an elite athlete other kids who were envious of him teased him so this was nothing new.

He could have said hey whats that question abOOT eh? But that would have come across as cocky.

Jimmy said...

At 19, in Canada, I would have been too drunk to answer a question like that. So yeah, he did fine.

NatsJack in Florida said...

The Red Sox are up 4-1 against the Fish in the 7th and the Fish vetsion of the Human Towel is in, Chad Gaudin.

Gonat said...

baseballswami said...
Moore and Lombo seem pretty tight.

2 things about Zim -- once last year he was actually kidding around in the dugout (yea, hard to believe) and he showed his "guns" -- quite impressive.

June 13, 2012 7:30 PM
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I ran into Lombo with a buddy after one of the games. His friend looked like a young Paul O'Neill. Turned out his friend was a guy named Tyler Moore. Whoops.

On Zim and the "guns", Google is a great thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9OQPTj6quI&feature=plcp

NatsJack in Florida said...

OK...the next time the Nats face the Mets and R.A. Dickey I say we bring up a minor league starter for a day because you don't want to waste a real starter in a game in which you have no chance.

He's killing the Rays and Price.

NatsJack in Florida said...

7th inning, 2 hits, 0 runs, 11 k's and no walks. 7-0 Mets.

Gonat said...

David Price game up 7 Earned over 5 innings to the Mets. Dickey has a 1 hitter in the game.

Phillies up 7-1 over the Mets

Braves in a 3-2 lead over Yankees

Boston looking good over the Fish 7-2

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gonat...the Phillies are playing the Twins.

Gonat said...

Whoops again.

Tampa/Mets
Phillies/Twins
Braves/Yankees
Boston/Marlins

MicheleS said...

NatsJack.. He probably could beat me.. I am too much of a softy.

Can't believe what is going on with RA and the Mets. I have a friend that is at the game and he said the place is mostly Met fans (sad, but not suprising).

MicheleS said...

Mark to your original question, Bryce did fine. It was a clown question and he shot the guy down - hopefully this will slow down some of the inane questions he gets for the rest of the season.

And Thome just crushed one in Minnie.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Michele...only using you to express my total devotion to the Nats and his "a lttle less" devotion.

rogieshan said...

From what I can gather, the beer question was posed by a reporter from The Score, a second-rate, sports station out of Toronto that targets to a very young demographics and runs an annual popularity contest to hire its on-camera personnel. Therefore, one should not be surprised by the reporter's ignorance.

Harper quickly moved on from it, unlike what Rome and Stern did in their interview today.

MicheleS said...

Watching the Yanks - Braves game. They just spent a half inning talking Nats. Had a lot if love for Davey and were cracking up about the Clown comment. They even mentioned Tyler's day.

NatsLady said...

What with working three jobs and trying to see a bit of the game, I just now got around to the Baseball Today podcast. EFFUSIVE Nats love--also Harper vs. Trout, All-Star game, etc.

At the very end, they mention the Toronto game which had just finished the first inning at the time they were recording.

Here is the eerie thing: Keith Law predicted Drabek would get behind, get men on base, react emotionally, overpitch and get injured. I'm listen to this knowing that's EXACTLY what happened. Unreal.

Candide said...

The question was either inexcusably ignorant (if the reporter didn't know that the most exciting player in MLB is a Mormon) or "gotcha" bait.

Either way, Harper's answer was appropriate, because the reporter had no business being in a major-league clubhouse asking a question like that.

Holding a microphone in your hand doesn't automatically entitle you to respect when you ask a stupid or ignorant question.

NatsLady said...

Oh, and on the clown thing==>condemnation of the reporter, including the fact that the Writers' Association negotiates access to the locker room and the players, and this isn't helping!

NatsLady said...

NJ--LOL on R.A. Dickey.

NatsLady said...

It's pouring in Atlanta. Our guy Chad Durbin is in for 2nd inning of relief. Why don't they have a rain delay?

I don't understand what is going on in Miami, either. Ozzie brought Heath Bell in trailing 10-2, and took him out after 4 batters (2 singles, 2 out)?

baseballswami said...

Agreed with ra dickey. He is terrifying. Bryce was direct but not rude. Reporters don't usually ask athletes if they are going to drink after the game. Totally not an appropriate question for anyone . Bryce is now the most famous Mormon ,ahead of Romney .

whatsanattau said...

Mark asked if we agree the question was out of line. My answer, "yes". I cannot think of an innocent reason for the question. It was either an attempt to provoke a controversial response or an endorsement.

My question to Mark: Under what circumstances would a a member of the press ask that question?

MurrayTheRed said...

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MurrayTheRed said...

I'm curious who was the voice in the background that tells the reporter to ask a different question: was that a different Nats reporter or a member of the Nationals staff or a veteran player watching out for the kid.

NatsLady said...


R.A. Dickey was mesmerizing again Wednesday, going the distance against the Rays while allowing one unearned run on just one hit with a career-high 12 strikeouts in the 9-1 win.
Simply remarkable. Dickey would have had a fourth straight scoreless outing if not for a David Wright error in the ninth. The knuckleballer is the game's first 10-game winner and now boasts a fantastic 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the season. He'll look to keep it rolling next week against the Orioles.

NatsLady said...

Don't look now, but staked to a 9 run lead, Colbert gave up 6 (5 earned). It's 9-7 Fils in the bottom of the 7th...

NatsLady said...

Correction: 7 runs (6 earned). 9-8 Fils. And, in the ATL, Freddi put Kimbrel in in a non-save situation. What is the world coming to?

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

It *was* a clown question, literally--something the class clown would ask when he couldn't think of anything funny or informed to ask. I want a tee shirt. I want a bumper sticker. I want a cap with that saying and Bozo's face.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Braves are down 3-2, bottom 9.
Twins are coming back on the Phillies, 5 runs in the 6th and 7th--it's 9-8 Phils, top of 8. Marlins lost big, Mets won big.

greg said...

it was a lame question, but i think athletes are used to lame questions.

it was a great response.

i hope the rest of his teammates use it to answer random questions for the rest of the season.

not only that, remember the silver wig? i think they should replace that with a rainbow clown wig for the rest of this season. i'm guessing bryce would have to wear it a lot.

baseballswami said...

I would go to sleep now - except that I think I am already asleep and having the most fantastic dream - in my dream the Nats are in first place and they just keep winning...... Don't wake me.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

in my dream the Nats are in first place and they just keep winning.

Are there spiders? That's how I can tell it's a dream--the spiders.

Gonat said...

Darn, Phillies held on.

ESPN Sportscenter just did a 3 minute segment on the "Streaking Nats". Yes, ESPN.

On the DC radio, I heard on 106.7 they are now doing a daily 11:50AM segment on Bryce Harper. Today was 10 minutes on the "Clown" comment.

The bandwagon is on the move.

Gonat said...

baseballswami said...
I would go to sleep now - except that I think I am already asleep and having the most fantastic dream - in my dream the Nats are in first place and they just keep winning...... Don't wake me.

June 13, 2012 11:09 PM
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I am having the same dream. I want it to keep going night after night.

NatsLady said...

Some stats from the game (h/t highheatstats.com)

Strasburg is the first pitcher to 100 strikeouts this year. He also leads the majors in K rate, 11.7 SO/9.

Tyler Moore rewarded the club’s persistence — they drafted him three times and finally bagged him in 2008 — with a monster game, downing his first 5 big-league rib-eyes in one sitting: 2-run double to start the scoring, 2-run HR to break another tie, and a bonus bomb for 10 total bases, the most by a Nat in since last June 15. Both HRs off the bat of the big 25-year-old RH masher cleared 400 feet. Before his call-up from AAA Syracuse, Moore had a 1.032 OPS and 26 RBI in 28 games, after averaging 74 extra-base hits the past 2 years and leading first the Carolina and then the Eastern League with 31 HRs (at least 6 more than anyone else). A dismal SO/BB ratio kept his BA around .270 then, but he improved that at AAA this year, with a .310 BA and .372 OBP. He has not walked in 31 PAs.

In Nats/Expos history, only Danny Espinosa had a 10-TB game quicker than Moore’s 16th career game. But Espo did it in a meaningless September blowout.

Tenth relief outing of 2+ IP for Stammen this year, tops in MLB. The former starter has a 1.67 ERA in 32.1 IP, and the Nats are 17-8 in his appearances.

pwilly said...

C'mon Mark, leave this Nat'l Inq stuff to the late comers, like the Junkies or visiting press. The Nats are churning up the almighty AL East and this sound bite is news here?

You're better than that.

SonnyG10 said...

pwilly, that's a clown question, bro!

sjm308 said...

pwilly: I realize it's late but Mark didn't post this. Take a look and you will see that Chase posted this article, not Mark.

Go Nats!!

Gonat said...

For those of us who stayed up, treated to Matt Cain's perfect game.

Unknown said...

What's interesting is the off-camera voice. Harper is listening to him intently before he answers. Is this Harper's media advisor? If so it was a great move of the Nats/Boras/Harper to get someone to help him phrase his answers.

Nattydread

Expos4Ever said...

Sunshine, thanks for posting that Gazette article.

I was born in Montreal (I remember going to games at the big O for $1 ... Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson)

I moved to Toronto (for 20 years), went to the first interleague games at the SkyDome, Canada Day was sold out, it was awesome.

Now I live in Philly ... on Friday I was wearing my Strasburg shirt and got tons of comments, got "bumped" into, etc ... the Philly faithful have taken notice (they never cared until recently)

For the first time since Tim Raines, I have a favourite baseball player ... Bryce Harper!

Just bought tickets and booked a room for my first trip to Baltimore next weekend (Montreal, Torontox2, Philly, Washington ... my 6th MLB ballpark)

Go Nats!

natscan reduxit said...

... thanx for the memories, Expos4Ever. My first Expos game was at Jarry Park, when Hank Aaron was looking for #715. Jarry was a real gem; the big "O" was a big let-down - IMNSHO.

... and thank God for Matt Cain. His perfecto served to take fans' interest away from Clown Questions, and that's a good thing.

Go Nats!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

we gotta get one of those no-hitters or perfect games in front of our pitchers' name.

The Fox said...

I've always coveted Matt Cain. Every year I've tried to figure out who we would have to give up to get him. There was a rumor once that Rizzo offered Dunn for him since they needed hitting. Of course the Giants never really considered it. Cain is like a rock you can build your whole pitching staff around. He never misses a start over 200 innings every year too,(190 the first year). Timmy gets all the press for the Giants but Cain anchors (SF reference) the team. I've got tickets to one of the Giants games coming up I'd love to see him and Strasburg battle it out. Yes I would be pulling for the Nats.

Congratulation Matt Cain for achieving the pinnacle individual pitching performance.

NatsNut said...

The question wasn't that bad. I loved Harper's answer, but I don't understand the indignation over the question itself. He's in a locker room with a bunch of baseball players for goodness sake. The guy was just trying to be funny and it's not like he asked if he was going to do a line of coke or something,

Still, that answer was a classic and I'm still cracking up.

MicheleS said...

NatsNut.. I think the indignation comes on two fronts. One it was a trap question about a 19 year old drinking beer. And the other is that Bryce's religious beliefs do not allow drinking. I also saw on a few of the ESPN/MLB shows where the actual journalists were ticked because it lumps them all in with the tabloids/second rate goof that asked that question and the Players all rolling their eyes about the dumb questions they all have been asked. Nomar and Mark Mulder on the ESPN broadcast were cracking up over the Clown comment and thought that Bryce's comments were hilarious.

ON the bright side, this is completely being overshadowed by the Cain perfect game and the controversy with RA Dickey.

Section 215 Row A said...

I second your minority point NatsNut. The question was no big deal (assuming the interviewer didn't know Bryce was a teetotaler...I didn't)...it could have been handled in a variety of ways, such as, simply "I don't drink." Dissing the question was funny but perhaps a little rude? I'm just saying. I know Bryce is the second coming and all that but he is not exactly well-spoken. Next time you see him interviewed, count his "you know"s. Maybe it's not a maturity question (Riggleman was almost as bad) but he is far from sounding erudite.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

"Sounding erudite" isn't just moving the goal posts, it's adding a whole new goal line, along the sidelines. Yeah, it would be great if he were exceptionally articulate, on top of everything else, but most ballplayers aren't, and he doesn't need to be. Look at Harper's face when he realizes what the question is--he looks genuinely disgusted, as if the guy asked him if he was going to go smoke crack. He didn't embarrass the guy (I won't say "reporter"), he just didn't cover for a stupid question. Good to nip that in the bud, I think.

Section 215 Row A said...

Good point, Soul.

164abb6e-9075-11e1-aba1-000bcdcb471e said...

I do media relations for a living and I while Harper's answer is not exactly what a PR pro would prep him to say, it will play well because:

1. It was clearly authentic
2. It was not expressed in an intimidating way; if anything, it was a mild rebuke
3. The question was clearly intended as a "gotcha" question at least because of his age, and possibly because of his religion (though I think it's unlikely the reporter knew Harper is a Mormon).
4. Most members of the public dislike the media to begin with.
5. It was funny.

JaneB said...

I think he handled it brilliantly. Bro.

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natsfan1a said...

Late to the thread and to commenting but imo, Harper's response to the "reporter" (who sounds like rather a doof, but I digress) was fine. And in re. JaneB's comment: Word, bro-ette. :-)

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