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 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.
August 23, 2014 |
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.
September 30, 2014 |
If this was the end for Ryan Howard in a Phillies uniform, let it be known he departed Citizens Bank Park to cheers. Howard blooped a single to center in the ninth inning of Sunday's 2-1 loss to Atlanta. Tony Gwynn Jr. pinch-ran for him. The first baseman finished the season with a .690 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage was .165 points below his career average entering 2014. He accumulated 95 RBIs, but ranked in the top five in baseball for runners left on base. His 190 strikeouts were the most in the majors.
May 21, 2012 |
Ryan Howard felt a tiny pinch Sept. 18 when a team physician's needle penetrated the numbed surface of a left heel that had been throbbing red-hot for weeks. Within seconds, the syringe's milky mixture of cortisone and painkiller rushed warmly into the tiny, inflamed bursa sac at the base of the slugger's Achilles tendon. Howard and the Phillies were rolling the dice. They hoped the cortisone would ease the pain and, after a brief rest, return him to form for the fast-approaching postseason.
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.
February 14, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Shortly after 11 a.m., Ryan Howard emerged from a side door at Bright House Field and stared at empty dirt. "Where'd everybody go?" he asked. Howard missed Tuesday's informal infield drills by about 10 minutes. Had he received the memo, he could have been standing on the same infield at the same time as Chase Utley. In recent springs, that has not happened often. Howard missed all of last spring following Achilles tendon surgery and subsequent complications.
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.