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Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro claims Ryan Howard is still alive

Dec 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

Either Ruben Amaro never spends any time on the internet or he just loves providing fuel for the trolls:

 

I guess we’ll see if that’s the case come April. If he does live, it’ll have been quite the resurrection.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    So are Sea Slugs, only with more range.

    • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      And Sea Slugs, an Asian delicacy get many more “plate appearances.”

  2. El Bravo - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    This is an early Christmas present for this Braves fan.

  3. andreweac - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    His ribbies are validation.

    • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Been a long time since anyone saw Howard’s “Ribbies”.

  4. DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    25 minutes ago discussing Ryan Freel: Don’t forget athletes are people

    Now discussing Ryan Howard: we’ll have to see come April if he is alive

    Very quick pivot

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Do not believe any stories you read about Howard on April 1.

    • AlmostForty - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I had the same reaction. Never forget, athletes are people, unless they play in Philly.

      Master Troll is Master Trolling.

  5. aphillieated - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    I miss this Howard

    • cohnjusack - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Gotta ruin this one for you.

      According to hittrackeronline, which uses a concept called “math” instead of “blindly guessing”, that ball traveled a “mere” 473 feet, making it the 8th longest home run of the season. Whatta weiner!

  6. Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Z.

    • obvious0troll - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Douche.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        obvious troll

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        Not just obvious. Cinematically illiterate.

  7. nymets4ever - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I’m a Mets fan, but it’s sad how some people view Howard is nothing more than a punchline these days. The guy was an absolute beast in his prime, until injuries took their toll.

    • greymares - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      I’m expecting a reasonable representative of the same guy will have trouble with lefty’s will crush righty’s and knock in about 115

    • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      I’d have a lot more sympathy for the guy if I didn’t know that his injuries followed a great deal of weight gain, and loss of muscle tone.

      • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Yeah he just really let himself go. He’s so fat now compared to 2006, it’s amazing. He’s almost unrecognizable.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        In other words – you do have sympathy for him. That’s good to know – but will hurt your anti-Phillies bona fides.

        Unless you just screwed and up and have no idea what you just said….nah, that can’t be it. You are saying you have sympathy for him

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        Are you sober?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:27 AM

        100%. Are you? Because….if you are, and you think Ryan Howard put on weight in recent years….

        Tell you what – I won’t shame you any more. Google it, and educate yourself.

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        Muscle weighs more than flab.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Muscle weighs more than flab.

        So you have gone from “a great deal of weight gain, and loss of muscle tone” to….what is it you are now trying to claim?

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        Jeez, I guess I will have to spell it out. I thought the Delaware school systems were superior to Philadelphia’s but apparently not.

        A person can go from a tone muscular frame to a flabby, out of shape one, without actually increasing one’s overall weight, because as I plainly stated above, striated muscle cells weigh more than lipocytes.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        So his alleged weight gain (which is where all of this conversation started) was due to…..his loss of weight?

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Still struggling with reading comprehension I see. So let me go to the “Dick and Jane” version, Ryan Howard, who was once, a tone muscular guy, let himself go. As a result, his muscle mass was replaced by flab or fat. Since muscles weigh more than fat, if one were to weigh the same one would have to put on more fat than the previous muscle in order to maintain (stay the same) the original weight. See Spot Run.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        A simple question, oh master of reading:

        Do you stand by your comment “a great deal of weight gain”?

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Yes indeed. Ryan Howard gained a great deal of weight. Then he lost some, maybe it was the Subweigh/way, cause by his now grossly untoned torso it doesn’t appear to have happened by working out. So now he is only a cellulotic representation of his former self.

        He did maintain some muscles however to his ever “flabbergasting” physique. How else could he drag his bat back to the dugout after yet another strikeout.

        Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I happen to like Ryan Howard, a good guy, and fellow St. Louis product. Too bad he let himself go.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        So he gained the weight before he lost the weight, and you don’t like him because of that. (275 in 2008 now 240. You easily could have Googled this) And needless to say, you have zero stats on his muscle mass….but by golly, you know darn well it is gone (tons of articles point out the opposite…but what do they know?)

        Thank you for playing

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        A little advice. Try not to use “tons” when defending Howard’s obesity.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Fair enough.

        Try not use weight gain when claiming he lost weight

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        My claim was that he lost muscle, and unfortunately replaced it with fat. Too bad too, cause once you actually could see those “Ribbies” you guys champion so much.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Serious question: where do see this increase in fat occurring? Every part of him looks thinner

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        I was never referring to his hitting stats.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Okay….I suppose that was a joke.

        But I also have to assume you don’t think he looks fatter either.

      • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        A regular Adonis.

  8. seahawks19081 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    I have to say Old Gator is very annoying to me…..

    • nymets4ever - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Well yea…rambling, incoherent, creepy old geezers with a fetish for butchering the English language in a futile attempt to impress strangers on baseball message boards do tend to be annoying.

      • spudchukar - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        I’m sure he is devastated by your sophomoric, self-absorbed criticism.

      • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Yeah, my ego looks like Tokyo after Godzilla got through with it.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Nah, he’s alright, He just likes to mix it up, as we all do

    • Old Gator - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Too bad our hapless Mutts fan, as well seahawks and 0’troll (could he possibly be the second coming of the execrable cup0feces, of whom many believed his decomposition process had become too advanced for his fingers to operate the keyboard?), all missed the film reference. I guess I made the obvious too tempting for them when they hadn’t hit the bait in hours. Anyone who caught it, please explain it to the peanut gallery, including its relevance to the title of this thread. I’m fresh out of pearls.

      • cur68 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065234/

  9. Francisco (FC) - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Here’s another quote:

    “Why would you spend money that you think is going to be money not well spent? That’s the important part. With the way the market is set up right now, I’m not real comfortable with going the extra mile with some of the guys that are out there still that may improve us a little bit, but in the long run may be detrimental to us.”

    Where was this version of Ruben when he handed out the Howard Extension?

    • greymares - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      based on this years market the Howard contract is a steal name 1 contract this year that the club did good on.none of these players can live up to these contracts

      • paperlions - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        No, it still isn’t a steal.

        How has negative value on the bases and in the field. His bat hasn’t been particularly valuable since 2009.

        If Howard was a FA, he’d probably get about what Morales will get….he sure as hell wouldn’t be getting the 4 years and $100M left on his contract. Nearly every contract signed this year is better than that.

      • Bob Loblaw - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        3 years and $85 million. There’s no way they will pick up the option. For $23 million. Because by then I doubt Ruben will still be in baseball.

    • baldeagle22 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      This comment just shows how much flip-flopping Ruben is currently doing. He’s got no idea what the direction is, and RAJ clearly has no meaning of the word “rebuild”. Worse, is that he continues to reward players on past performance, many cases in the distant past.

  10. mungman69 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Howard will play in only 130 games with at least 40 homeruns and 120 rbi’s. Not real shabby.
    Before you say “No way” let’s let the season play out.
    AND that’s not counting the 23 playoff games that he will play.

    • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      When was he traded? Did I miss the post?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Howard hasn’t hit 40 HR and 120 RBI since ’09. He hasn’t played 130 games since ’11. What makes you think he’ll hit those lofty numbers 5 years later?

  11. mungman69 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Howard will play in only 130 games with at least 40 homeruns and 120 rbi’s. Not real shabby.
    Before you say “No way” let’s let the season play out.
    AND that’s not counting the 23 playoff games that he will play.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      23 playoff games would be impressive, especially considering that the most playoff games a team can play is twenty.

      • paperlions - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        What if there is an 8-way tie for the last playoff spot? Would that get them to 23?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        @paper – nope. Those games to break the 8 way tie would be counted as regular season games

    • spudchukar - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      No Way.

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