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Bryce Harper to kids: “Be as sexy as you can!”

Aug 17, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

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Bryce Harper is already awesome. And yesterday he used his day off to hang out with kids, teach baseball, and benefit the Greater Washington Urban League, which is even more awesome.

Even more awesome than that? He coined a new Harper catchphrase, telling the kids to “be as sexy as you can!”  Go to the one minute mark here for that gold:

How can you not love this guy?

  1. vcupats - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    T-shirts printing right about…meow

  2. darthicarus - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Right Said Fred couldn’t agree more.

  3. bigleagues - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Spoken like a hardcore straightedge Mormon.

  4. chill1184 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Look out Yogisms here comes Harperisms.

  5. thefalcon123 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    “He coined a new Harper catchphrase, telling the kids to ‘be as sexy as you can!'”

    That’s fine Bryce. Just recognize that at some point in your life, saying this catchphrase will no longer be quirky and fun, but instead will sound like the creepy come-on of a child predator.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      He’s only a few years older than them now. This is a peer-to-peer conversation

      • Brian Donohue - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Nailed it: that’s the most sapient comment of the bunch here, and my nominee for comment of the day here. This is the kind of thing I’ve been calling for in education at large for years: peer-based education is far, far more effective in dealing with the most important matters of pedagogy. No, algebra and chemistry and trig are not the most important matters; dealing with situations like drugs, street crime, cheating, sex, online safety and intelligence — that’s the shit that matters in education, and both research and ordinary experience show that peer-based ed is far more effective in penetrating to kids and making a difference in outcomes.

    • geoknows - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds a grownup (well, ostensibly, sort of) telling 6-year-olds to be sexy is more than a little creepy.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        I am right there with you Geo. We actually ban those types of words in our household.
        Example(s) that immediately come to mind:
        stupid, suck(s), sexy, hate, God (when used in exasperation) and Jesus (also when used in exasperation). There are a few more but you get the gist.
        Disclaimer: This just applies to our household. To each their own.

      • approvenothing - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        God, Louis. Why would you ban those types of words in your household, it is just stupid. I hate when people ban words. Jesus! Ah well, I am going to take what bryce said about being sexy. Go back in your little dream world.

      • indaburg - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        Are you serious, stlouis? Why would you ban the word “sexy”? How would someone express his or her severe distaste for a disgusting vegetable if one can’t say, “I hate brussel sprouts!”?

        Just curious.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        I really try to put ZERO stock in thumbs up or thumbs down. After all…most people seem to just click them for the sake of clicking them. But when I see this many thumbs down for a post such as that one…I do feel it is a direct reflection of our society. Very similar to the posts Bruno and I had in regards to people actually patting Melky on the back for telling the truth.
        WE (as in my Wife and I)…simply feel (8) yr. old and (5) yr. old little girls should NOT be using words such as “hate,” “stupid,” “sexy,” “sucks,” etc… I also firmly believe the thumbs downs aren’t so much a reflection of THOSE words being on the ban list. Moreso, because the words “God” and “Jesus” are included. And I even qualified my post by stating this only pertains to our household. Again…to each their own. AS I SAID THE FIRST TIME.
        Wow…I need a drink.

      • ugglasforearms - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        Harper’s statement reflects the values of a lot of people in present day America. Money, pleasure, attention, bling, getting ahead, success at any cost. He’s young. Hopefully age will mature him. Maybe “his handlers” will tell him to think before he blurts.

  6. samu0034 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    It’s important advice. I think every guy on Earth would admit that we’re trying to do what we do well in an effort to attract someone. So “Be as sexy as you can” is pretty much the only advice we ever need.

  7. beefytrout - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Who was the giant fake check originally meant for?

  8. danielcp0303 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    “Be As Sexy As You Can”…so that when I go for a limo ride, I’ll pull up and offer you money to get in. Then after taking you back to my wonderful apartment with a great view, we can get down to business. “Do you like Phil Collins?”

  9. yahmule - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Meanwhile, presumptive AL ROY and MVP Mike Trout remains as quotable as the Sphinx and is universally adored by his veteran teammates.

    • samu0034 - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      What’s your point? Does there have to be some sort of love fest competition between the two of them? Is every post about Harper a detraction of the historic greatness of Trout’s season?

    • kkolchak - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Funny, I don’t see Trout mentioned anywhere in this article. So who cares?

      • yahmule - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Actually, this was a partial quote. The full comment was, “Be as sexy as you can and you’ll be able to carry a .171 post ASB batting average and still be mentioned on ESPN more than twice as often as Mike Trout. Alas, to be mentioned as frequently as Tim Tebow you have to ‘spontaneously’ whip off your shirt and jog in the rain.”


        Rather than break down the amount of time a specific athlete or figure was covered, we counted how frequently names were mentioned in the transcripts from the week. The 15 most-mentioned sports people for July 27-Aug. 2:

        Tim Tebow: 65
        Michael Phelps: 38
        Jimmie Johnson: 33
        Mark Sanchez: 33
        Peyton Manning: 29
        Zack Greinke: 28
        Bryce Harper: 26
        Ryan Lochte: 25
        Ryan Dempster: 23
        Albert Pujols: 23
        Stephen Strasburg: 21
        Missy Franklin: 20
        Josh Hamilton: 16
        Tiger Woods: 16
        A.J. Burnett: 16

        Mike Trout: 10

      • kkolchak - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Who the hell cares who gets mentioned on ESPN? ESPN is to sports what MTV is to music. Turn it OFF, already.

      • yahmule - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        I only turn on ESPN when they’re televising an actual sporting event. You couldn’t get me to watch Skip Bayless, Stephen A Smith and the rest of the assholes on that network unless you kidnapped a family member and mailed me an ear. This information came from Deadspin. I’m just poking some fun at the pervasive fanboy mentality in our celebrity culture. Bro.

    • voteforno6 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      I don’t get why all these Mike Trout fans have such an obsession with Bryce Harper. Get over it already.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      We need to get someone working for Trout and provide him with some good copy. Some Jewish fellas

      • indaburg - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Trout just needs to be sexier.

  10. mybrunoblog - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    It’s just a silly comment from a 19 year old kid. Treat it as such.

  11. kkolchak - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    It’s hilarious that before Harper got called up the idiot media consensus was that he was a jerk and a head case, and now that he has proven to be neither they hype up silly little stories like this one.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Yep. Gotta feed the wolves kkolchak!

  12. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I don’t have any issues with Harper at all. I’ve watched him play and he plays hard and hasnt been the jerk many thought he would be. That being said, this quote and the clown thing arent anything special. They’re both kinda lame to me really.

  13. seeinred87 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    That 11 year old did have a really nice swing.

  14. manestor - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Let’s consider Pete Rose to put things into perspective.

    This man gave baseball everything he had without performance enhancing drugs. MLB punished him for life!!! Who damaged baseball more . . .? Pete Rose or the steriod using players (Bonds, et. al).

    I’ll take Pete Rose in the HOF – befoe I would let Bonds in (or even let Melky claim the batting title).

    • natslady - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Wrong thread. Nice try, though.

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      I will now make it my mission to reply to every comment you make to espouse the wrongness of Stan Hack’s exclusion from the hall of fame.

      I mean, he was the best 3rd baseman of his era. Come on guys!

  15. phillyphan83 - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I wonder if he would say this if he had a young daughter??? this guy needs to grow up already

    • kinggw - Aug 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      He’s 19!!

  16. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    My first thought in reading this is that if my daughter was there, I would punch him in the teeth.

    Then I saw the video, and don’t believe it was a big deal. At all. As in nothing to get worked up about…..or blog about

    note to self: ignore article pertaining to Craig’s man-crush on Harper

  17. stlouis1baseball - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    “Are you serious, stlouis? Why would you ban the word “sexy”? How would someone express his or her severe distaste for a disgusting vegetable if one can’t say, “I hate brussel sprouts!”?”

    Indaburg: I can’t believe you are serious. Do me a favor and look up the definition of “sexy.”
    Then…let me know (in your opinion) the benefit of allowing an (8) yr. old and (5) yr. old little girl use said word.
    Better yet…after defining the word advise as to why it would be even remotely close to a good idea.

    As for Brussel Sprouts: Fair Question.
    My answer(s):
    1) “Brussel sprouts are gross.”
    2) “I can’t stomach brussel sprouts.”
    3) “Brussel sprouts taste nasty.”
    4) “I can’t stand the taste of brussel sprouts.”
    Or…simply…5) “I don’t like brussel sprouts .”

  18. djrickyv - Aug 17, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Oh yeah, just what the world needs: sexier kids.

  19. retief1954 - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Son, just play ball for a couple years, okay? Drop the twitter account, keep the press at friendly arms’ length, and don’t be advising kids younger than you to “be sexy”. All that will just get you distracted and into trouble. Focus on what you’re good at, playing ball. You’ll be better off for it in the end. And you might be a Hall of Famer.

  20. twaffle - Aug 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Jerry Sandusky to kids: Be as sexy as you can!

    Slightly less charming headline.

  21. delchef9 - Aug 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    The only thing creepier than someone tellingkids to be as sexy as they can is a grown man thinking that it is awesome!! You Craig, have just reached a new level of “awesomeness”, go enjoy yourself while looking at your life size poster of your favorite DUDE!!!!

  22. r3alta1k - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    old people..he doesn’t mean sexy in terms of sex. Its like having swag or confidence. It’s slang…he is not being creepy..I bet more than half those kids know this. Now I’m not saying its the best message..but again he is still learning how to be a role model. How about we congratulate him on spending time with kids.

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