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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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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

Cole Hamels admits he hit Bryce Harper on purpose

Since being called up from the minors a little over a week ago, Bryce Harper has proven to the Nationals that he deserves to stay — at least for now. Harper has come up with clutch hits and made a few tremendous plays in the field, and he’s part of the reason Washington continues to win. Perhaps the problem for opponents has been that the 19-year-old is too comfortable. Cole Hamels tried to change that in the first inning on Sunday by drilling Harper in the back with a 93-mph fastball.

“I was trying to hit him,” Hamels admitted after his dominating performance. “I’m not going to deny it. I’m not trying to injure the guy. They’re probably not going to like me for it, but I’m not going to say I wasn’t trying to do it. I think they understood the message, and they threw it right back. That’s the way, and I respect it. They can say whatever they want.”

Hamels, who pitched eight innings and allowed just one run while striking out eight, said he did not intend to send a message to Harper nor was he trying to fire up his team. He also praised Harper’s athletic ability and potential.

“If I was getting swagger back for our side, I think I’d have to drill quite a few people because you’re in their home ballpark,” Hamels said. “It’s just, ‘Welcome to the big leagues.’ And I think he kind of did that for me.”

Some may even say the kid got even immediately. After being hit, Harper took advantage by showcasing his speed on the base paths. He went from first to third on a Jayson Werth single and then stole home on a Hamels pick-off attempt to first base. We know Harper is kind of a tool since he does things like this, but there’s no denying he’s an electric young talent.

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Bryce Harper catches a ball barehanded against his glove (Animated)

Kids, this is why you use two hands to catch a baseball. Most professional outfielders don’t subscribe to this theory, but I’m sure they did at one point in their lives. More often than not pro ballplayers catch fly balls with one hand, and 999 times out of 1,000 it works out for the best. On Wednesday night, Bryce Harper showed us why using two hands can be crucial for that one time when things might go wrong.

As you can see from the GIF above that @ChadMoriyama shared with us, Harper stumbled during the 6th inning against the Diamondbacks and almost dropped a routine fly ball. Fortunately, he managed to use his throwing hand to corral the ball against his glove and avoid an extremely embarrassing moment like the one he recently had outside the Washington Monument. The kid may be annoying, but he’s certainly fundamentally sound.

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