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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

Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

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.

Bryce Harper to reporter who asks about him drinking in Canada: ‘That’s a clown question, bro’

Bryce Harper hit an absolute bomb during the Nationals’ 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. That makes seven homers for the 19-year-old since he was called up from the minors, further securing the notion that he is in the big leagues to stay. Since the victory and crucial home run came in Canada — where the drinking age is 18 — a reporter asked Harper after the game if he planned on going out for a celebratory beer. The rookie did not appreciate it.

“I’m not answering that,” Harper said. “That’s a clown question, bro.”

And cue the T-shirts. Typically we spend our energy ripping on Harper for hairstyles like this one or saying stuff like this, but in this case I can’t say I blame him. That was a dumb question, and while Harper gave a very Bryce-like answer I thought the reporter deserved it.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Bryce Harper wants Phillies fans to boo him but not throw batteries at him

Bryce Harper may only be 19 years old, but it sounds like he has a decent grasp of baseball history. With the Nationals visiting the Phillies on Monday for a three-game series, Harper knows the fans will probably give him much less than a warm welcome. He really didn’t do anything to them besides take a pitch off the backside from Cole Hamels for no reason, but they are sure to let him hear it anyway. The rookie phenom says he is perfectly fine with the boos — he’s just hoping to avoid having batteries chucked his way at Citizen’s Bank Park.

“Hopefully, I get a couple of boos,” Harper said Sunday according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “That would be awesome. I’m excited to get in there and play and hopefully they won’t throw any batteries or whatnot at me. We’ll see.”

As you may know, fans in Philadelphia have a reputation for doing various inappropriate things including but not limited to throwing beer at opponents buses, booing videos about cancer, and throwing batteries at their own and opposing players. Only time will tell what they could have in store for the cocky new superstar from D.C.

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Bryce Harper bloodied himself smashing a bat, needed 10 stitches (Pictures)

Nats outfielder Bryce Harper was left bloodied and with a cut above his left eye after smashing a bat against a wall in frustration on Friday night.

Harper, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in a win over the Reds, smashed his bat in frustration after making an out in the seventh. The bat apparently bounced off the wall in the tunnel and hit him in the face, leaving him with a nasty cut above his left eye.

Harper needed 10 stitches to close the cut. He was bandaged and continued to play in the game, though he was replaced by Xavier Nady in the 9th.

“It doesn’t hurt at all,” Harper said after the game. “I feel fine. I didn’t get light-headed at all or nothing. I feel good.”

Manger Davey Johnson said Harper could miss one or two games, but according to The Washington Post, Harper insisted he wanted to play.

“I think I’m good,” Harper said. “The doctor said I could play, so I’m going to play.”

Johnson defended his rookie saying that breaking a bat in frustration is nothing new for a ballplayer. At least it wasn’t a fire extinguisher.

Here’s another look at the bloody Harper, and an image of him batting with it bandaged:

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