Pedroia digs Harper's 'clown' comeback

MIAMI -- Dustin Pedroia didn't need reporters to ask him about the latest viral craze in baseball. He broached the subject himself.

Before Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins, the Boston Red Sox second baseman asked if anyone had heard about Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper's retort to a Toronto reporter.

Harper, who hit a long homer Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, was asked by a Toronto reporter if he planned to take advantage of Ontario’s legal drinking age of 19, and what his favorite brand of beer is. Harper, who is 19, must wait two years to legally consume alcohol in the United States. His Mormon faith would prohibit that, anyway.

A Nationals PR staffer suggested the reporter try a different question, but Harper was ready.

"I'm not answering that," he said. "That's a clown question, bro." Wednesday morning, Twitter was buzzing over Harper's comeback, with T-shirts already for sale.

Pedroia said he knew the identity of the reporter who asked the question and said he planned to "blow him up" when the Red Sox visit Toronto for three games beginning Sept. 14.

In Pedroia's opinion, Harper handled himself well in shooting down the reporter.

"Poor kid," Pedroia said of Harper. "I would have said [expletive] you, I'm 19."