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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.

Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

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
Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

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.

Photo credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

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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Bryce Harper got a haircut, shaved the skunk off his head

Bryce Harper showed up to his game on Friday sporting a new look. The Nats’ 19-year-old phenom finally cut off that ugly skunk of hair he had on his head and went with a clean look seen above. The “before” pictures, in case you forgot about his previous ‘do, are below:

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Mike Rizzo calls Cole Hamels ‘gutless’ and ‘fake tough’ for hitting Bryce Harper

When Cole Hamels hit Bryce Harper with a 93-mph fastball on Sunday night, the rookie jogged down to first and later stole home. To Harper’s credit, that was a great way to respond to a maneuver that Hamels later admitted was completely intentional. It may not have bothered Harper all that much, but it certainly got under the skin of Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. Here is what Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Monday morning:

“Players take care of themselves. I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken s*** act in my 30 years in baseball. Cole Hamels says he’s old school? He’s the polar opposite of old school. He’s fake tough. He thinks he’s going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who’s eight games into the big leagues? He doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.

“He thinks he’s sending a message to us of being a tough guy. He’s sending the polar opposite message. He says he’s being honest; well, I’m being honest. It was a gutless chicken s*** (expletive) act. That was a fake-tough act. No one has ever accused Cole Hamels of being old school.

“This goes beyond rivalry and all that stuff. This points to, you take the youngest guy in baseball. He’s never done a thing. And then Hamels patted himself on the back. Harper’s old school. Hitting him on the back, that ain’t old school. That’s (expletive) chicken s***.”

Rizzo also said that he hopes the league does something about it, especially given the bounty scandal that is currently going on in the NFL. While hitting a player in the small of their back isn’t exactly targeting an opponent’s ACL, I see his point. Intentionally doing something that you know could harm someone has to lead to some sort of punishment. I smell a rivalry brewing.

H/T Hardball Talk