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Bryce Harper to reporter after stupid inquiry: ‘That’s a clown question, bro” (video)

Washington Nationals rookie sensation Bryce Harper continues to give a good accounting of himself as he justifies the hype that has surrounded the nineteen-year-old. On Tuesday night, Harper hit a mammoth home run (above) during the Nationals’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, his seventh of the season. The ball smacked off a sign nearby the windows of the restaurant located in center field at Rogers Centre.

Said Harper about the raw display of power:

“I just felt really good up there. At the beginning of the year, I usually struggle, but once I get going, it’s scary — I’ve always said that. … I was going up there swinging out of my shoes first pitch, I had already made my mind up.”

A confident statement from a confident kid. Even more impressive, it appears that the young Harper has already got a grasp on how to handle the media, especially as it pertains to how to respond to an inane question from a reporter if one comes his way.

When asked by one ink-stained wretch if he intended to go out for a celebratory beer later — the legal drinking age in Ontario is 19 — Harper began shaking his head even before the reporter finished asking the question, shrugged and said that he wasn’t going to answer the question and finished it up with a surly comment that is sure to become quite the sensation:

“That’s a clown question, bro.”

Ha. Brilliant. Video below.

Seriously, why even ask that question? Was the reporter simply trying to bait Harper into answering in the affirmative, which would  have only stirred up controversy for the young star? What did the guy expect Harper to say? “Yeah, dude, I’m going to go get so wasted now. PARTY!!! WOOO-HOOO!!!”

Pretty bush league, man. But props to Harper for his media savvy. That will serve him well.

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