May 23, 2013 |
CONFESSION IS good for the soul, we are told. Besides, there is no realistic alternative, seeing as how the words written in 2010 will live forever in cyberspace. Every time I write about Ryan Howard, there probably should be this acknowledgment, right up front. So: "The debate will begin in baseball circles if it hasn't begun already: does it make sense to commit at least $125 million to Howard in the years 2012-16? Does it make sense to commit that kind of coin to a 30-year-old power hitter, who will be 36 when the guaranteed part of the deal is over?
May 3, 2010
The Phillies beat us to this one by signing Ryan Howard to a 5-year, $125 million extension last week. In a Daily News fan survey conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, respondents who identified the Phillies as their favorite team were asked if they were willing to spend $2 more per ticket if the money went to signing the slugging first baseman to a long-term contract. The results: 68 percent said they would be willing to pay extra, 17 percent said they would not and 15 percent said they were not sure.
June 5, 2011 |
Penncrest held a dedication ceremony recently in honor of a special youngster. Last September, 7-year-old Aidan Joseph Silva, son of baseball coach Steve Silva, died of sudden cardiac arrest. Aidan, a big-time baseball fan, was a first grader at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School in Downingtown. The ceremony included a surprise video message, watched in the auditorium during an assembly, from Phillies slugger Ryan Howard. "He would ask to stay up until Ryan Howard batted," Steve Silva said.
June 28, 2012 |
RYAN HOWARD could be 3 weeks behind Chase Utley in the parade of injured Phillies stars marching back to the team. The first baseman will be examined by Phillies doctors Wednesday. If cleared, he will play for Class A Lakewood on Thursday. That would officially begin his minor league rehab assignment. Howard, sidelined by a ruptured Achilles' tendon and subsequent infection in the surgical wound, would have a maximum of 20 days to spend in the minors. If he plays Thursday, it's reasonable to expect him in uniform when the Phillies begin a six-game homestand July 20 — or even before then.
December 30, 2009
Baseball is a game of numbers, but more than anything it is a game of moments. In 2009, Ryan Howard once again had little trouble racking up numbers: His 45 home runs gave him 222 for his career, and his 141 RBI made it four straight seasons with at least 136. But it was a single moment, and a now-legendary phrase - "Just get me to the plate, boys" - that provided the seminal moment of his still-young career. It was Game 4 of the NLDS, in freezing Denver, and the Phillies were one out away from heading back to Philly for a decisive Game 5. Two outs.
May 7, 2013 |
WE FIGURE Phillies fans probably need a bit of good news after the weekend's disappointing losses to the Marlins. To that end, we take you back to Friday night when Ryan Howard hit a home run at the request of A.J. Moncman, a 7-year-old who is blind. It was Teacher Appreciation Night and A.J. was at the game because his teacher, Bethann Molinari - who he had nominated - was being honored in a pregame ceremony. A.J. attends Hopewell Elementary School in Upper Saucon Township and Molinari taught him how to read and write in Braille.
May 22, 2013 |
MIAMI - Ryan Howard is not a fatalist except when it comes to matters of health, those of which are generally beyond the $125 million first baseman's control. He will take his chances. A cortisone shot reduced the pain from inflammation in his left knee. A doctor examined it and proclaimed him fit for action. So manager Charlie Manuel inserted Howard into his customary cleanup spot Tuesday after a two-game absence. In the short term, the injection did its job, as Howard delivered three hits and three RBIs in a 7-3 victory.
July 7, 2013 |
Four hours before Friday's first pitch, the Braves announced a switch of their starting pitcher from a righthander to a lefthander. Charlie Manuel was aware of the change, and it did not affect his lineup. Ryan Howard would play first base and bat cleanup regardless. Howard had not started against the previous three lefty pitchers and four of the last five. "He was going to play," Manuel said. "He's going to play tomorrow, and he'll probably play the rest of the time through the break.
March 25, 2007 |
Don't pitch to Ryan Howard. Pitch to Pat Burrell instead. That's the fear, isn't it? The bat is removed from Howard's hands? Teams intentionally walked Howard a franchise-record 37 times last season, 32 times after the all-star break. That practice could increase now that Howard, who hit .313 with 58 home runs and 149 RBIs, is just the fourth player in baseball history to win the rookie-of-the-year and most-valuable-player awards in his first two full seasons in the majors.
September 23, 2012 |
This swing, majestic like so many Ryan Howard has taken, was nothing more than a silver lining Saturday. The Phillies were stumbling to an 8-2 loss to the Braves when Howard blasted a Mike Minor pitch an estimated 440 feet to dead center in the fourth inning. The ball smashed high off the ivy-covered wall. Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn barely moved. The jumbotron at Citizens Bank Park informed a stadium of Howard's milestone 300th home run. Howard was the second fastest in baseball history to reach the plateau.