SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Ryan Howard arrived in Williamsport on Thursday morning, flying into the quaint Central Pennsylvania town on a private plane. The Phillies first baseman spent the early part of the day at the Little League World Series, meeting each of the tournament's 16 teams.
And one of the tournaments players - Taney slugger Zion Spearman - issued Howard a challenge.
"He challenged me to a home run derby," Howard said. "I had to stand my ground on him a little bit."
Howard asked North Philadelphia's Spearman if he wanted to have the contest at Citizens Bank Park or a Little League field. Spearman, hitting .556 in three games here, said he would have to ask his teammates.