A ROACH: The origins of the ‘clown question’ phrase - per Bryce Harper’s older brother Bryan http://auburnpub.com/sports/doubledays/the-origin-of-that-is-a-clown-question-bro/article_9c7e1453-1f6e-514d-9dee-3c53dda5bbaf.html
Bryce Harper’s older brother Bryan is a farmhand for the Nats rookie ball affiliate, a 6-foot-5 left-hander who made two appearances last year for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate and will pitch as a reliever at Auburn.
“I thought it was great,” Bryan said. The snappy retort is already on T-Shirts and getting references on the late night talk show circuit. “That is actually from one of my good friends,” Bryan Harper said referring to Donn Roach
, a friend from the Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas. Roach was drafted by the Angels and is now in the Padres system. “That is one of his (Roach’s) words. He has always used 'clown' as an (adjective),” Bryan Harper said. As for how his brother used the reference in context: “That is some saltiness. A little bit of veteran swagger right there for Bryce.”
Auburn Doubledays' pitcher Bryan Harper
a few hits to infielders during practice Thursday at
Falcon Park. Picture by Michelle Bixby, The Citizen