So when Harper appeared on “SportsCenter” with Scott Van Pelt on Thursday night, not long after winning the biggest individual award of his career, his desire to avoid meme-dom was undone by his permanent residence in the district of meme.
The newest NL MVP was asked if he would rather be as bald as Van Pelt, or never again reach double digit home runs.
“I don’t even want to answer that right now,” Harper replied, “because I know how many meh-mays are going to be out there, of me with a bald head. So, um, I really probably would take the bald head. I mean, being able to play this game every single day. …”
And so on and so forth. The damage was already done.
“What’s a meh-may?” Van Pelt later wondered, even as Bryce Harper meh-mays were springing up like so many Harper hairstyles.
(Note: They’re all dumb, so I’m not even including them here.)
Harper’s carefree Internet wizardry is such that some people have already begun speculating that he intentionally mispronounced the word, merely to set the Internet spinning with far more velocity than it would have merely for doctored images of a bald Harper, which, come to think of it, would probably be pretty attractive, in the way so many bald things are. But that’s kind of extreme conspiracy theorizing for something that’s probably as simple as this: No matter how Harper answered Van Pelt’s question, the result was going to be a meh-may.