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Bryce Harper hit one a country kilometer in Toronto last night, offered a great quote

Jun 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Nationals Harper looks at his home run against the Blue Jays during the third inning of their MLB Interleague baseball game in Toronto

Bryce Harper hit his seventh homer of the season last night, and it was a doozy.  Watch it here.

It was listed at 438 feet, but it was way high when it hit that sign next to the restaurant level and would have had a lot more distance in it if it had been able to fly free. All the more impressive: he had to reach out a little to get to that breaking ball, which could have sapped some of his power.

And the legend grows.  And if the homer wasn’t enough to make the legend grow, his response to a reporter’s question did.

He was asked after the game if — because it’s legal for 19 year-olds to drink in Canada — he was going to go get a celebratory beer.  His response:  “That’s a clown question, bro.”

So, so good. And if you think I’m not gonna beat that one into the ground over the next few weeks you’re simply not familiar with my work.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM


    • thebaseballidiot - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      I think you’ll find that’s not entirely correct. For Harper to work in Canada, he has to have a valid work visa.

      As an American working in a foreign country (under which he is still subject to pay American taxes), he is still subject to federal law. The federal drinking age is 21.

      Harper might be legal under Canadian law to drink at 19, but under American federal law, it is illegal for him to drink in Canada, and he is subjec to federal sanctions if any issues should arise.

      State Department officials are notoriously anti-sports, and they do pay attention to things like this. Considering all of this, Harper could very well end up being the clown.

      Knowledge is power, and power trumps attitude anyday.

      • thebaseballidiot - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        For those of you who dispute this, he went to work, not as a tourist. Hence, the difference.

      • thebaseballidiot - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Wow, disliking facts. Someone is having a hissy fit.

      • longhorn28 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        That’s a clown analysis, bro.

        There is no federal law prohibiting minors from drinking. There is a law that told the states that they have to make the minimum drinking age 21 or they lose highway money, but that’s it. If you drink under 21 you can only violate a state law.

        Additionally, once he is in Canada he is subject to their laws whether he is there for business or for pleasure. Kid can drink all he wants in Canada.

      • thebaseballidiot - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        As I said, knowledge is power. You have neither.

        You have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. Just because you think you know something doesn’t mean you actually do.

      • bitsinmotion - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        You are well and truly a gaseous imbecile.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        dude ur clearly a super-doosh who needs to loosen up and have a beer or 2. like super duper doosh. no need to be a captain of wisdom to recognize that

      • longhorn28 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:13 PM

        Ok I’ll bite. Since you know so much and are so powerful. Please enlighten me as to which federal statute is being violated when a 19 year old drinks a beer in the United states let alone Canada.. Just one cite, should be pretty easy since you know it so well and I know nothing.

        I would also like any relevant statute claiming that you are under US federal law when visiting a foreign nation, I would LOVE to see that.

        You are very quick to tell people they are wrong but you offer no evidence in support of your case.

      • kkolchak - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        Most apt handle I’ve seen yet on these boards…of course you could remove the “baseball” part.

    • spellingcops - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      No, just disliking you.

  2. oldnumero7 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    That’s a clown blog post, bro.

  3. paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Am I the only one that thinks Harper looks like a larger version of the guy that played Merry in Lord of the Rings?

    For a 19 yr old, the guy has crazy power. I think the Trout comparisons will fade over time, both will be well rounded ball players, but Harper has much more natural power and Trout is faster….the strengths of their games aren’t the same (not unlike comparisons of Jeter and ARod back in the mid-90s).

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      That’s a clown comparison, bro (couldn’t resist).

      How fast is THAT line gonna be beaten into the ground?

      But yeah, you’re right. Looks like Merry, hits like Gimli, runs like Legolas.

      • paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

        That’s a hobbit comparison, bro.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

        i love the lord of the rings comparisons i thought they were spot on

  4. townballblog - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Every time I hear him talk after games, I can’t help but think how well spoken and mature he seems for a 19 year old.

    It makes you believe that all the news about him lacking maturity in the minors was either: a. Blown out of proportion or b. he grew up wicked fast.

    Either way, good for him.

    • paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I think a lot of it was stuff blown out of proportion by jealous adults (media) by either twisting context or baiting him….the rest was probably a result of jealous players on opposing teams looking for conflict.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Probably a combination of all three. He gets thrown out of the JUCO [World] Series for drawing a line in the opposing batters box on a questionable called strike 3, and fans think he’s a stuck up teenager. He blows a kiss after hitting a HR and the media blasts him for showboating [and as the media is wanton to do, conveniently doesn’t report that there’s more to the story and the kiss gesture was in response to the opposing team’s pitcher doing the same]. And finally, he’s a teenager that occasionally acted like a teenager while we all forgot we probably did some of the same primping Harper did, just not on a national stage.

      • townballblog - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        “And finally, he’s a teenager that occasionally acted like a teenager while we all forgot we probably did some of the same primping Harper did, just not on a national stage.”

        Nailed it!

    • myedayok - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Has a lot to do with his upbringing and more importantly how that wasn’t ruined in his minor league carreer… so many others

  5. townballblog - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    It’s kind of funny though; if you look at the video you can tell he wanted to giggle a little at the question.

    • skeleteeth - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      I don’t think so. I think he viewed it as something Capt. Obvious would ask and a trap. Regardless of how legal it was for him to drink in CA it would still be looked down upon at home if he made a public statement that yes he intends to imbibe. What would his parents say?

      Whether or not he did it is moot. Stating in the affirmative publicly would be a mistake. Good choice, kid.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

        Abbreviation police: CA = California

  6. psuravens19 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    How can you not like this kid? I’m and O’s fan and jealous as hell he’s not playing further North on 95. The Nat’s are not going away any time soon.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    He has gained many fans in Toronto.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      Heading down to see him and Strasburg today….can’t wait.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      The Nats’ TV guys commented the last two nights about how Harper was exchanging pleasantries with, and being serenaded by, fans in the outfield seats at The Stadium Formerly Known as Sky Dome. How much of the fan reaction was mean-spirited and how much was good-spirited is impossible to tell on TV, but I have to think it got more good-spirited as time went on.

  8. Jonny 5 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    The media is full of a bunch of people begging for page clicks. What makes that job easier? Stupid rumor mill rumblings about Harper and his immaturity and attitude.

    Harper has been proving from day one up in the bigs that the media has been way off on their assessment of the kid. And I think it was really no mistake on their part that it went that way. Anyway, hats off to Harper. I can’t help but like the kid.

  9. bickman61 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    DC finally has a something to be juiced about in sports-besides the ever disappointing Caps- Anyway, look at this team from 25-1 and it’s amazing. Last nights box score is perfect look at a team that is winning with strong youth and contributions from everywhere. 2b and SS are playing great ball. The kids are killing it. LaRoche, Ankiel and even the 3rd string catcher hit. How about the Clip(winning pitcher in last years All Star game- well anyway). He gets 4 saves in last 5 games. It’s a fun time put on the W cap and root for a team that’s good, plays hard, youthful and absolutely great to watch! After suffering a looong time with sh$t teams- maybe- just maybe there will finally be some joy in DC – Mudville.

  10. paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Just to show people how rare it is for a teenager to show this kind of power, the most HRs ever hit in a season by a player in his teens was Mel Ott with 18, next was Griffey Jr with 16, no one else had more than 10. Harper has 7 in 40 games (all in the last 26 games); he could easily set the record.

  11. seeinred87 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I’ve actually been watching more of the Nats than the Tigers lately, and Harper’s a big reason why. I also love Rick Ankiel, and of course Strasburg (he’s actually what got me to start following the team a while back).

    I replayed that homer like 15 times on right after it happened. It was just a mammoth shot. I’m checking hittracker online every 10 minutes or so just so I can find out what the true distance of it was.

  12. ndnut - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    The Nats are good because Fatt Crapps (Matt Capps) isn’t there to blow saves for them.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Brilliant trade!

      • hgulkkcaj - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Capps has a 2.96 ERA right now, converted 14/15 saves, walked 3 and struck out 14 in 24 innings so far.

        Ramos is hitting .265 (right at his career average, has been consistent every year) with only 5 XBH, and is a below average catcher.

        Drew Butera is on the Twins roster now because Ramos is gone and has been about the same player as Ramos offensively, and is one of the better defensive catcher’s in the league. Just ask Liriano (who Butera has caught every game of his since his resurgance).

        This was a brilliant trade – for the Twins.

  13. ezwriter69 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Y’all are surprised that the world is full of haters? Really? This kid has taken more hate than any teenager since Jim Rome and Mary Carillo carved up Monica Seles…
    Funny, before he ever played a game, there were dozens of haters posting on any thread with his name in it, they are all very very quiet now, I wonder why?????

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      They’re sleeping.

  14. ptfu - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Giancarlo Stanton broke a scoreboard. Now Harper’s trying to break a restaurant, and didn’t miss by much. Sheesh, kids these days.

  15. snowbirdgothic - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    And considering the eyeblack Harper used to wear, the dude does know from clowns.

  16. larryboodry - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Just became a Bryce Harper fan.

    • vallewho - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM


  17. mybrunoblog - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I went and watched Harper being asked the question. A few thoughts.
    1. Who is the idiot who asked that question? Was it actually a baseball writer or some puts who got credentials because he writes for TMZ or some silly entertainment web site?
    2. Harper is a Mormon so I doubt he even drinks.
    3. Harper handled the thing perfectly.
    4. This kid is really something special. I am psyched to watch him play my Yankees all weekend.

    • ugglasforearms - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      I watched the clip also. One of the thoughts I had was “I wonder what those pills are on the shelf behind Harper.”

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Ya know what? I thought the same thing. Only thing is Harper was sort of in between two lockers so it may not have been his. Obviously whoever owns them was not trying to be discreet about it so probably no big deal.

      • sabatimus - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        “Obviously whoever owns them was not trying to be discreet about it so probably no big deal.”

        That’s what Valverde was thinking when he casually hocked into his glove.

  18. drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Harper beat up the Red Sox in their series. The homer was to dead center. Hard not to enjoy what he’s doing.

    (of course, he’s on my fantasy team, so that helps…)

  19. sabatimus - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Not only did Harper NOT rise to the obvious bait question, he effectively threw the interviewer under the bus instead of doing the usual dance around the question that the majority of athletes do. And good for him.

  20. joed0909 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Trout is so much better than Harper I don’t understand why ESPN and the rest of the East coast jocks this guy:

    Trout 6hr, 26rbi,15sb,.345aver.,
    Hypeder 7hr, 19rbi,4sb, .307 aver.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Trout is better than Harper *right now*. We’ll see what happens later. But Craig (I think) wrote up a bit on Trout and how he has managed to fly under the radar by comparison. His conclusions were that East Coast writers don’t stay up for the late games, and that Trout wasn’t hyped nearly as much.

      It helps that Harper has 80 power, while Trout does not.

      • joed0909 - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Thats true the games are later. I don’t see where Harper has more/better power than Trout. I also don’t see how Harper is going to magically surpass Trout’s talent as they are both going to mature and grow. Either way they will both be fun to watch for years to come.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        I’m talking on a scouting level. I’m no scout, but scouts agree that Harper has top-of-the-charts power, meaning 40+ HR per year in this environment. They also see Trout’s power as being in the 20-25 HR range.

        One guy might surpass the other, we have no way of knowing. I hope both guys live up to their potential and have long careers.

    • kkolchak - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Nobody said anything about Trout in this story so your comment is obnoxious and irrelevant.

  21. jimeejohnson - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    If he doesn’t drink he’ll never be like Mickey Mantle (sarcasm intended).

  22. christos99 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I wonder, which was it?

    (1) That’s a clown question, “bro”
    (2) That’s a clown question, “brah”

    I think brah sounds more meaningful…

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