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Bryce Harper says he’d vote for Chipper Jones over himself for All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is believed by many to be the favorite to win the annual MLB All-Star Game Final Vote out of the National League. His steepest competition will be Chipper Jones, who has said that this will be his last major league season. Chipper has made seven All-Star teams in his 19-year career, and many believe number eight would be the perfect way to cap off his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Harper is one of those people.

“I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star game his last year,” Harper said when asked about the Final Vote according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. If I was going to vote, I’d go vote for Chip.”

The other three finalists from the NL are Aaron Hill, Michael Bourn, and David Freese. Barring an amazing turn of events, either Harper or Chipper will take the honors.

The moment the Nationals called Harper up to the bigs, most of us were more excited to see the ridiculous things he would say and do to make headlines rather than his superstar abilities. To his credit, Harper has kept his mouth shut when he has to and said all the right things. The clown question incident was completely warranted. His comments about Chipper are another example of a series of moments that could possibly indicate that the rookie gets it.

H/T Eye on Baseball
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Bryce Harper asks ‘Clown Question Bro’ beer maker to raise money for slain officer

You may knock Bryce Harper for his perceived immaturity. Or for his inherent arrogance. Or for the way he handles the media. But what he’s doing for the family of a gunned-down police officer might make you want to change your opinion of him.

Celena Hollis, a seven-year vet of the Denver Police Department and a single mother to a 12-year-old daughter, was shot and killed on Sunday working off-duty as security for a local jazz concert. Harper and the Nationals were arriving in Denver earlier this week for a four-game set against the Rockies when he found out about the 32-year-old’s slaying.

Soon after, someone on behalf of Harper got in touch with Denver Beer Co., which made news a couple weeks back for creating its “Clown Question Bro” beer, named for Harper’s now-famous answer to a question from the media, and recommended the brewery donate a portion of the beer’s profits to Hollis’ memorial fund.

“It’s exciting to hear from Bryce,” Denver Beer Co. co-owner Charlie Berger told the Washington Post. “We were making this beer just for fun. We never thought it would pick up to this extent. First of all, we’re definitely flattered. More important, the fact that he was making a lot of good come from it, it’s valiant. It says something about Bryce.”

Denver Beer Co. plans to follow through with Harper’s suggestion. It will give the family time to grieve before officially reaching out to them.

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Leaving Bryce Harper out of Home Run Derby is latest example of MLB screwing up All-Star Game

Matt Kemp is the captain of the National League Home Run Derby team at next month’s All-Star Game, and he says he’s picked out his squad. Despite his prodigious power, Nationals rookie Bryce Harper didn’t make Kemp’s cut.

“It’s not because he’s a rookie. It’s just that there are other guys out there that are capable,” Kemp told USA TODAY Sports. “I’m not saying he wouldn’t do a good job in the Home Run Derby. He’s going to have plenty of time to participate in many Home Run Derbies. Just not this year. Nothing against him. I love watching him play.”

Kemp says he based his decision on stats, and Harper is only tied for 50th in the National League with 7 home runs. Based on his reasoning, it’s understandable why Harper was left off. And given that Kemp is captain, he can choose whomever he wants based on whatever criteria he wants. He’s doing nothing wrong.

The problem is that MLB has screwed things up once again.

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Cole Hamels reportedly voted for Bryce Harper for All-Star Game

Remember when Cole Hamels intentionally beaned Bryce Harper last month? And how he got suspended for five games for it? And how he got mercilessly ripped by ornery old baseball types like Jim Leyland and Mike Rizzo?

Well, now, over a month-and-a-half and one clown question later, Hamels has apparently extended somewhat of an olive branch to Harper.

According to Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki, Hamels gave Harper some help on getting named to the All-Star Game next month:

Based on the fan vote, Harper isn’t even among the top 15 vote-getters among NL outfielders, so he’s going to need a lot more than Hamels’ vote if the master deflector of clown questions hopes to play at the midsummer classic.

H/T SB Nation
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Bryce Harper’s ‘clown question, bro’ being trademarked by Under Armour

Unless Bryce Harper is one of the most savvy 19-year-old businessman in America, I highly doubt he intended to profit from ripping into a reporter who asked him one of the dumbest questions of the year. Had he come up with something less hilarious than “That’s a clown question, bro,” there probably would not be any money involved. According to CSNWashington.com, Harper revealed on Thursday that Under Armour will soon be selling t-shirts and merchandise with the now-famous phrase printed on them.

Either Harper or someone in his camp was thinking on their toes as soon as people started buzzing about the comment, because the trademark was claimed the day after the exchange. As we know, politicians have even taken a liking to using “clown question, bro” so it’s safe to assume there are people out there who will buy the apparel.

Like Robert Griffin III, this is yet another example of how there are still some young athletes out there with the right people on their team making sound business decisions. Some people have been critical of RG3 for trademarking his various names and his catch phrase, but why let others profit off of it? Harper’s the one who made the comment. If breweries and other companies are planning to make money off of it, he might as well do the same.

H/T DC Sports Bog

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Bryce Harper has Justin Bieber played as his at-bat music (Video)

Since Justin Bieber burst onto the scene a few years back, his music and memorabilia have become an important part of Major League Baseball culture. As you can see from the video above that Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post shared with us, Bryce Harper strolled up to the plate on Tuesday night with Bieber’s song “Boyfriend” playing as his at-bat music. Now, the question becomes did Harper lose a bet or is he back to being the 19-year-old tool bag that we have grown to hate.

Harper has actually started to win us over since being called up to the majors with hilarious moments like this one and others, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here. Either he lost a bet and was squaring up as Steinberg speculated, or he was trying the Troy Tulowitzki approach which worked magically at the beginning of last season.

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Denver beer company brewing Bryce Harper ‘Clown question, bro’ beer

From the moment Bryce Harper put a reporter in his place for asking a dumb question during the Nationals recent trip to Toronto, everyone knew great things were on the horizon. As you have likely heard, a reporter asked Harper on Tuesday if he planned to have a celebratory beer after Washington’s win over the Blue Jays since the drinking age is 18 in Toronto. Harper, who happens to be a Mormon, simply responded by telling him, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

The quote became an instant classic, and the Denver Beer Co. has already put it to good use. According to the Denver Westword, the brewing company has started brewing a Canadian lager called “Clown Question, Bro” that is set to be ready by June 25 when the Nationals visit the Rockies.

“Maybe he’ll come here, although he can’t drink it here,” Denver Brewing Co.’s Charlie Berger said. “It is definitely his favorite beer, and maybe we’ll serve it with a big red clown nose.”

No, it’s not his favorite beer since Harper’s religious beliefs prevent him from imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Still, the beer is another great way to cement that reporter’s question in infamy. First we have the Laser Show insisting he plans to let the reporter have it when the Red Sox go back to Toronto, and now this? As much as I used to hate Harper, this is actually starting to make the kid grow on me.