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Photo of the Day: Bryce Harper may regret this one

Mar 15, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

With all apologies to Will Leitch, the below photo, from his GQ interview of Bryce Harper — which the good people of GQ gave us permission to run — may be the best part of the interview:

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To reiterate, my thing on Bryce Harper: he’s young and brash and says stuff I’d never say. But that doesn’t matter. He’s 19 and I’m 38. And even if I choose to carry myself like an old man because it suits me, if ever comes the day when young stud athletes who are ridiculously confident in their abilities cause me to grouse negatively about them for that reason alone, I’m just gonna give up.  He’s fun. I want him to be big and loud and crazy because that’s what youth is all about.

That said, I can’t imagine that there won’t be a day at some point when he really wishes he didn’t let the photographer put the baseball in his mouth.  Like maybe today. Because if I was on the Nats, I’d be plastering that thing all over the clubhouse today with an impromptu caption contest.

  1. illbringdabeers - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I guess you have to “Take Back The Ballpark” somehow…

  2. Alex K - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    I can’t imagine how much crap he’s going to get over that picture.

  3. philsbirdsflyers - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Laces out…of the closet.

    • dagnats - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      as long as he hits lots of dingers, i dont care what his orientation is…

      • philsbirdsflyers - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Fair enough. P.S. see you on May 5th – surprisingly easy to get tix here in Phila

      • dagnats - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        @phils, thats because nats tickets were open to all public a few weeks ago, only beforehand were md, va, and dc residents able to “pre-order” tix before they opened up to everyone. so no anyone can order them

      • dagnats - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        now*

      • paul621 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        But you would care what his orientation is if he doesn’t hit a lot of homers?

  4. pellypell - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    This thing screams “Photoshop Contest”. I wish I had it installed on my PC. Anyone?

    • cmutimmah - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      if you down load the 30 day free trial… you’ll have it on your PC……………….

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Definitely nothing to regret here.

  6. phukyouk - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    “son, when i was your age i also had balls in my mouth. Everyone experiments at some point and it is nothing to be ashamed of”

  7. phukyouk - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Craig – Can’t we have some sort of caption contest right here at HBT?

    • superpriebe - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      I believe it is informally in progress here in the comments.

      • phukyouk - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        in that case i think that craig should take the top 5 and put them to a vote

  8. seanthegreatest - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    What? This is just my daily tea bag prep!

  9. bsbiz - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    “Bring out the gimp…”

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Can we start calling him Balls Harper?

    By the way, we’re all immature children.

  11. mercyflush - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    “if you think this is impressive, wait till you see where I’m currently holding my bat.”

    • phukyouk - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      so THATS why his eyes are bulging out

    • babych99 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      You definitely won the unoffical caption contest, without a doubt…

    • nightman13 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      WINNER

  12. philly56 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Probably more nutritious than the strasburger

  13. nelsonsaint - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    You should apologize for apologizing to Will Leitch.

  14. El Bravo - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    From teaball to teabag.

    • CJ - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      I was thinking douchebag to teabag, but yeah.

  15. dagnats - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    listen, i get the sexual innuendos from the photo, i think the bottom line is that the photo is trying to represent harper being “muzzled” because he is young and says tons of stupid crap…so the picture is saying the team is trying to keep his big mouth shut…

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      By putting their balls in his mouth by a large body of water. Sounds like a lot of Honeymoons, no?

  16. randygnyc - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    If he’s not careful, his teammates may duplicate this “feat” on him.

  17. jwbiii - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I have a completely different take on this photo. My take is that Harper and GQ are mocking his outspokenness and his tendency to put his foot in his mouth. For non-yoga yogis, that is a rather difficult thing to capture on film, and GQ has substituted a baseball. Brilliant.

    • El Bravo - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      I think that is the appropriate take on the pic. But “balls to the face” jokes are sooooo easy!

  18. unlost1 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Thus ends the great ball man experiment. ~Seinfeld

  19. sportsdrenched.com - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Get that thing out of your mouth! It could have been in one of Jeter’s “Baskets”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Maybe that’s why it’s in his mouth!

  20. CJ - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I think Craig had it backwards in that last paragraph:

    “That said, I can’t imagine that there won’t be a day at some point when he really wishes he didn’t let the photographer take the baseball out of his mouth.”

    Fixed.

  21. rooney24 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Taking the “Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Baseball” thing a little too far…..

  22. agelardi - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Not nearly as bad as I thought. I was expecting him on the beach, in a thong, kissing a mirror image of himself.

  23. ditto65 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    “Hmmm hmmm hmm! HHHMMMMM! Hmmmm hm, hm hmhm! Hmmmm…”

  24. lpd1964 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Why would you do that? What a ball-buster.

  25. professor59 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    “Funny, Strasburg. Throw the next one underhanded, please.”

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Haha, that’s an excellent clever one.

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