Bryce Harper's two-out strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night ended the latest postseason disappointment for the Washington Nationals. But after, the 24-year-old superstar maturely handled the situation -- even when faced with a "clown question" from a reporter.
Remember that phrase? Clown question? Harper famously said "That's a clown question, bro" five years ago when the then 19-year-old outfielder was asked by a reporter in Toronto if he'd celebrate a home run by taking advantage of Canada's younger drinking age. In case you don't remember that classic exchange, here's a look back:
Unfortunately, there were no home runs to ask Harper about on Thursday night, but one reporter decided to ask for Harper's thoughts on the upcoming Cubs-Dodgers series. Again, this was just minutes after Harper's Nationals had their season ended in heartbreaking fashion by the Cubs. To his credit, Harper took the silly question in stride, but TBS studio host Casey Stern went on a mini rant about it. Have a watch/listen:
We tend to agree with Stern. That's a clown question, bro.
Here's how Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy summed the situation up:
Well said, Brandon. Good luck dealing with the Cubs -- and post-game questions -- in the NLCS.