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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"

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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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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