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.
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"
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.
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.