The Washington Nationals sent out a friendly reminder this afternoon on Twitter (@Nationals) that one of their players was going to be making his late night debut tonight at 11:35 pm EST on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live:
That's right. 20-year-old 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, Bryce Harper, will be making his late night tv debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live, appearing on the show along with Rob Lowe and Big Boi from Outkast. Harper's made no secret of his interest in the celebrity side of the game. The 2010 no.1 overall pick was a presence on Twitter early in his pro career. He's done numerous endorsement deals and this winter was a candidate for the cover of MLB13 The Show. Tonight, the Nats' outfielder takes the next step, appearing in front of a national television audience for the first time, you know, without a uniform on... during a game... Stephen Strasburg, who made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman back in 2010, was the last National to appear on late night television.
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs at 11:35 pm EST tonight. We'll be talking and following every moment of Harper's first late night appearance here (not really, well maybe, we'll see) in the Bryce Harper Jimmy Kimmel Live Show GameThread and taking bets on how long into the interview the "clown question, bro" quote is first mentioned by the former co-host of Win Ben Stein's Money and The Man Show. Will Bryce Harper do the interview with eyeblack on? Will Harper show Kimmel how to apply the "warpaint"? Will Harper bring back the black tux from his signing press conference in D.C.? Is he still rocking a faux-hawk-ish, mullet-y hairdo? Will he unveil a new catchphrase? You'll have to watch to see...
Jimmy Kimmel's ready!: