The past year has been a whirlwind for the Nationals‘ Bryce Harper, from making his major league debut in late April, to smashing 22 home runs, to becoming a pop-culture figure with a catchphrase, to helping power his team to its first division title to becoming the youngest position player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
On Tuesday, Harper will make his late-night television debut, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which starts at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time. (No word yet on whether he is the first Nationals player to appear on late night television.)
Harper’s rookie season validated the tremendous hype surrounding him as a player. His play and flair made him one of the most popular players in the major leagues. Making an appearance on late-night TV is almost like a rite of passage of American celebrities and household names, and Harper is already becoming that.
It seems only fitting that Harper will make his late night debut in glitzy Los Angeles, where he first appeared in a major league game on April 28. So, for those who are interested, stay up late or set your DVRs. There’s bound to be at least one reference to “That’s a clown question, bro” to be made.