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Bryce Harper swats home runs -- and a 'clown question' from Canadian reporter

TORONTO -- I'm on the scene in Rogers Centre for today's Nationals-Blue Jays game featuring Stephen Strasburg on the mound. A very deadline-friendly 12:37 start has everyone here in a good mood. The Nats should be as well because they're on a 100-win pace and can go undefeated (6-0) on a two-city road trip with a win today for the first time since they were in Montreal in 1988.

But first, a word or two on last night. I put up a simple Bryce Harper tweet about a silly question from a television reporter and my feed blew up with retweets.

If you google "Bryce Harper clown question" you'll see how the Internet is completely blowing up today. Same for a Twitter search of those words.

So let's set the scene.

Harper has had back-to-back three-hit games here and last night he absolutely pummeled a Henderson Alvarez pitch into the ad backdrop covering the old Windows Restaurant in deep right-center field. One of the longest balls I've ever seen hit to that spot, conservatively listed at 438 feet. Check it out as it hits the "c" in "Blackberry"

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So afterward, of course, we got his thoughts on the blast and it was a standard-issue interview for about two minutes. Then a Canadian television reporter tried to be cute, failed miserably and got absolutely toasted by the 19-year-old phenom. Watch:

(Full disclosure: Several inquiries on Twitter and yes, that's me jumping in to try to restore order and get a couple more questions in before the PR official cut the whole thing off).

Somehow, I'm thinking "that's a clown question, bro" is likely to be part of the lexicon around the Nats and maybe several other clubhouses.

Tshirt(CRAZY UPDATE: As of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, "#thatsaclownquestionbro" is the No. 2 Trending Topic on Twitter. Holy cow. And NBC's Hardball Talk blog has the link to the inevitable T-shirt at left.)

And really now, who could blame Harper? Ridiculous question prompted a great catch-phrase answer that will likely have plenty of shelf life. Good for you, kid.

---Mike Harrington

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