- Nancy Pelosi tells Democrats to pass budget: ‘Embrace the suck’
- Key Obamacare official: Last two months much harder than anyone hoped
- Sen. Mike Lee: We must stop ‘the prez’ from acting like the queen
- George Bush consoles Alabama kicker Cade Foster: You will be stronger
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- U.S. threatens Ukraine with sanctions over dispatch of riot police
- Canada doing away with door-to-door mail delivery by 2018
- NSA chief defends phone spying: ‘There is no other way’
- Hawaii Health Department head killed in plane crash
Rookie phenoms take D.C. by storm
Politics yield to fresh promises of Griffin and Harper
Question of the Day
Five words in June brought Harper whatever attention his potent bat — he has 18 home runs since the Nationals summoned him from Triple-A Syracuse in April — neglected to provide. Harper is a devout Mormon and, after one game in Toronto, a local reporter asked whether he planned to avail himself of the drinking age there, 19.
“That’s a clown question, bro,” Harper said.
Harper applied to trademark the phrase the next day, as it rocketed across the country like his pants-on-fire, near out-of-control base running that leaves manager Davey Johnson shaking his head.
Even Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, used Harper’s phrase in response to a reporter’s question.
Everywhere the Nationals go, fans wield signs, cards, balls, anything for Harper to sign. Yells of “Harper” or “Mr. Harper” fill batting practice. They are desperate for a picture or autograph. Children sometimes show up with their faces smeared in Harper’s trademark eye black. But mostly people watch in awe, even as the hype has settled down like Harper’s batting average, which resides in the .260s.
Hope looked like Griffin’s image being sculpted from lunch fixings by a sandwich company, among a slew of endorsements before throwing a regular-season pass. That included promoting a shoe company — not Nike — and covering the swoosh on his warm-up shirt Sunday with a piece of tape with “heart” all capitalized scrawled in black marker.
“Let’s not get too carried away with all this,” coach Mike Shanahan warned, probably too late.
Hope, for the moment, is here.
Amanda Comak and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
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