Bryce Harper's 'clown question, bro' response becomes Internet meme overnight

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  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 15, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    You guys ... so sensitive about your faith. It's like your constantly looking for someone to mess up something regarding your faith.

    The guy may have known, in that case it was a joke. Most likely it was because the age difference, in that case again it's a joke. What's the big deal?

  • nomo Draper, UT
    June 15, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    @motorbike,keep your head in the sand and assume professional sports reporters don't know the obvious.It was a clown question because he knew exactly what he was doing! and Harper knew it.

  • Albert Saint George, UT
    June 15, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Re: dave22

    You are wrong on this one. Bryce was hit by Hamels first and then stole home later in the game when Hamels was not paying attention.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    June 15, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    dave22 - I think you meant that comment for me. Actually I am right about the order of events that led to the stealing of home base. I saw it on the local news the day it happened. A simple Google of "Bryce Harper steals home after being hit by pitch" shows countless articles and videos documenting the order of things. In fact that Google generated 185,000 results.

  • dave22 SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    June 15, 2012 1:01 p.m.


    The Phillies pitcher (Cole Hamels) hit him in the back BECAUSE he stole home.. not the other way around..

  • ECR Burke, VA
    June 15, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Living in - or near - a city that has suffered for years with losing professional teams, Bryce Harper is one of the truly bright spots in Washington sports these days. RGIII is the other great hope but he has yet to prove himself in a real game so for now Bryce is the Golden Boy. Now if the Wizards can just find a way to turn things around in basketball!?

    I find it hard to believe that a sports writer covering major league baseball doesn't know every last detail of one of the true phenoms in the game. And for those who are wondering, it has been reported that Bryce is a very active Mormon who lives by those standards. He has great self confidence but he doesn't just talk about it like so many other young guys in his position, he just does it. If you follow Nationals baseball you will see that Harper is almost always on base, almost always one of the runs scored, even when he's not hitting home runs. Recently a Phillies pitcher intentionally hit him in the back. Bryce got revenge a few players later when he stole home. He's great.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Also, not everyone that knows about Mormons knows that drinking alcohol is proscribed. That's a clown comment, bro.

  • Ted Saint George, UT
    June 15, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Regardless of his religion, the kids 19 yrs old! Did the reporter think he was already a regular beer drinker and couldn't wait to celebrate after the game? Hey, I'm in Canada and can't wait to go slam a beer after the game. Most kids don't wait until the magic date of 21 to decide to try a beer. Most have already tried that at age 14-15. So for the reporter to ask that question was like Bryce said, a clown question.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 15, 2012 10:33 a.m.


    Don't assume you know something that others don't know when you in reality, DON'T KNOW.

  • nomo Draper, UT
    June 15, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    I don't follow baseball and I knew he was a mormon..You really believe a baseball reporter didn't know that?. Oh and by the way Canada is not on another planet, they do have the internet and they can read. If a great player of Harpers stature from Canada was playing in America I do believe reporters would know if he was LDS or not. Are you guys really that naive?

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    June 15, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    I had no idea that he's LDS. Great season thus far. Go Red Sox!

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    June 15, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    God works in amazing ways his wonders to perform.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    June 14, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    Great response. I don't think the question had any malicious intent however. Bryce Harper is the youngest in the majors, I think, so the reporter was getting at that point rather than the fact that he is LDS. I highly doubt a reporter would intentionally ask that question knowing it was against religious beliefs. And who knows, Bryce Harper may drink -- just because he's LDS doesn't mean he doesn't. But still a great response from Harper.

  • The Utah Republican Alpine, UT
    June 14, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    It's probably a safe bet that the Canadian reporter wasn't aware of his LDS beliefs.