ATLANTA -- While Bryce Harper has already trademarked his famous "clown question" retort and Under Armour will make a shirt with the phrase in the weeks to come, the Nationals' outfielder decided to put the phrase toward a good cause.
With the Nationals recently in Denver for a four-game series, Harper saw a story on the local news about Celena Hollis, a single mother and police officer, who was recently killed.
Deciding he wanted to help, Harper called a Denver brewery that created a small batch of Canadian lager called "Clown Question Bro" to see if a portion of the sales could go toward helping Hollis' daughter.
"I just thought it'd be great for their family," Harper said. "It's a sad, tragic loss, and that was the biggest thing about it. They wanted to sell that beer and stuff, and I have the patent on the 'clown question,' so I said, 'No problem, but I want you guys to put the proceeds toward the family, and any money you guys make to go to that family.'"
Harper, 19, does not drink but said the partnership with Denver Beer Company made sense because of the local ties.
"It's exciting to hear from Bryce," Denver Beer Company co-owner Charlie Berger told the Washington Post. "We were making this beer just for fun. We never thought it would pick up to this extent. First of all, we're definitely flattered. More important, the fact that he was making a lot of good come from it, it's valiant. It says something about Bryce."
Berger said the company would follow through with Harper's request.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.