May 5, 2015 |
MIAMI - It's unknown if there were any broken bats or thrown helmets littered in the visiting dugout at Marlins Park yesterday afternoon, but Ryan Howard was not a happy person when he struck out for the second time in as many at-bats to begin the day against Jarred Cosart. He was angry. He was consoled by hitting coach Steve Henderson, who simply told him, "keep battling. " The frustration helped fuel the Phillies' come-from-behind win. Howard launched a game-tying triple in the sixth inning and added a run-scoring single in the seventh as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 6-2, ending a five-game losing streak and avoiding a three-game sweep in Miami.
April 17, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Ryan Howard was smiling and chatting with his teammates while heading from the weight room to the indoor batting cages when he made a quick pit stop to grab a bat from his locker at National Park Thursday afternoon. "I'm working," he said, keeping his pregame comments brief. "Working. Got to get my work done. " Howard has been putting in the work for months. The results haven't showed on the field through the first 2 weeks of the regular season. As a result, Ryne Sandberg slid Howard's name down three spots in the Phillies' starting lineup for the 10th game of the 2015 season.
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?
August 3, 2011 |
DENVER - True story: Once upon a time, Kyle Kendrick ranked high enough in the Phillies' pitching pecking order that manager Charlie Manuel used him as his second starter in a postseason series. That one and only playoff appearance, against Colorado, did not go well for Kendrick. And it seems like ages ago that the Phillies left this city after being swept by a freakishly hot Rockies team in the 2007 National League division series. These days, Kendrick is the swing man on the best pitching staff in baseball, alternating between the bullpen and rotation depending on the health of the other guys in the rotation.
September 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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.
August 4, 2010 |
K RYSTLE CAMPBELL upset a number of her fellow Eagles cheerleaders when she missed practice to spend time with her boyfriend, rehabbing Phillies slugger Ryan Howard , in his hometown of St. Louis when the Phillies played the Cardinals on July 19-22. We're told that Campbell did not tell her coaches why she was missing practice and that she won't face discipline for being absent. Cheerleaders are supposed to miss practice only if they are ill or there is a death in the family.
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.
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.