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Quote of the Day: Ryan Howard

Aug 6, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT

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Ryan Howard hit a homer yesterday, breaking an 0 for 14 skid. More importantly, he hit the walkoff RBI single in the 15th inning of the game, giving the Phillies the win. Afterward, he started workshopping lyrics to his own personal version of “Forgot about Dre”:

“I think you guys forget what I’ve done. You guys look at what’s going on right now. People forget what I’ve done.”

I don’t think people forget. They’re just sad it doesn’t happen that much anymore. Philly fans can be a lot of things, but I haven’t seen many who hold any personal animosity toward Ryan Howard. They blame Amaro for his contract, not Howard. They wish Howard was a 58-homer hitting guy again, they don’t hate him for not being that.

But whatever Howard is now, it’s nice to see him be defiant like this. The man still has a ton of pride, despite the quasi-benching and the heaps of people pointing out his deficiencies these days.

I never root for the Phillies, but I sorta root for Ryan Howard sometimes. He’s hard not to like and it’s hard not to feel happy for him when he comes through.

  1. cheeks9441 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Ryan Howard will get enormous ovations when he returns to the Phillies for the 10- and 20-year anniversaries of the World Series winning team. Time heals all wounds. But these last few seasons, those wounds have been pretty painful to look at.

    • commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Couldn’t have said it better.

    • skerney - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      In 2018 Howard could, in theory, still be playing under his current contract along with 39 year old Chase Utley. The scary thing about Utley’s contract is they are vesting options not team options. I know his knees are bad but if he has 500 PA’s in 2016 the first option kicks in. He’ll easily surpass that number this year. He’s a tough and loves playing in Philly and this combined with his age and price tag make him virtually untradable.

      • hackerjay - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Utley has been one of the best second basemen in the league this year, and he’s never had a bad year, just injured years. So if he gets 500 at bats next year, my guess is the Phillies won’t be disappointed that his option will vest.

      • ochospantalones - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        A skerney – Almost none of what you said about Howard and Utley’s contracts is accurate. Howard’s contract is up in 2016. There is a club option for 2017, with a $10 million buyout. So there is no way he can be playing under his current deal in 2018. 2018 is the last of Utley’s three vesting option years (vests with 500 plate appearances in 2017) but it is pretty unlikely that option will vest. The first vesting option (which is for the 2016 season) kicks in if Utley has 500 plate appearances in 2015, not plate appearances in 2016 (which would of course be impossible).

        As hackerjay says, Utley has never had a bad season in terms of performance when he plays, so his contract really is not that ridiculous. What makes Utley untradeable is that he has full no trade rights. There is good reason to think teams would have made a run at him at the deadline if he were available. If he gets hurt or falls apart down the stretch his desirability as a trade target certainly could change.

  2. huddlma - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    It’d be okay if that type of narcissism came from a future HOFamer. Not from Howard. Yet another absolutely, positively ridiculous contract for a player who 1) can’t live up to it and 2) can’t stay on the field.

    All he’s done the last three seasons is bat .234 with an OBP of barely above .300. Oh, and he’s only played in 258 out of 437 games during that stretch.

    What have you really done the last three seasons, Howard?

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Get healthy from a torn meniscus and a ruptured achilles tendon.

      • huddlma - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        That’s a moot point. Ever since signing his deal, he’s declined. You get injured when you’re out of shape. Too much weight on his legs.

        Even Sandberg thinks so.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        Ever Dr. Ryne Sandberg thinks so! Well, that settles it.

  3. renaado - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    “I think you guys forget what I’ve done. You guys look at what’s going on right now. People forget what I’ve done.”

    Can’t believe this guy’s still bringin up his past achievements, it’s this season that matters for him and for em not the previous ones… You do your job cause you are obligated to do it, not to brag or put it in to topic where he and his team are currently strugglin.

  4. phisticuffs - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Spot-on analysis. He’s a likeable guy. He’s worked hard on his game (prior to his leg injuries, he’d lost a lot of weight and improved his defense). He doesn’t make excuses. As fans, we HATE his .217 BA and his mostly warning track power, but we don’t hate him. We just wish it was 2008 again. On so many different levels.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I miss 30 Rock, too.

  5. phillyphan975 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Anyone ever hear the statement: “What have you done for me lately?”

    • chadjones27 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Now I have that Janet Jackson song stuck in my head.

  6. andreweac - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    RAJ will extend him now as this shows he still has tWtW.

    • stupidusername - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      What’s with the tWtW and Amaro and the Phillies all the time? That was a Hawk Harrelson thing.

  7. mplsjoe - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Howard had only the second best “Forgot About Dre” moment yesterday:

  8. stupidusername - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    No one forgets. No one will ever forget how he played from ’05-’09. But you’re not above criticism because of something you did 5 years ago. And certainly will never be above criticism when you’re the highest paid player of any team in any city.

  9. schmedley69 - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    They need to cut ties with him after this season. When the Phillies were winning, he was the always the big toe in the lineup. For all of his faults, when he was healthy and producing, the rest of the lineup just fell into place and clicked. When he was hurt or in a slump, the rest of the lineup seemed to go out of whack. The lineup was able to survive when guys like Utley or Werth were hurt or slumping, but Howard seemed to have an impact on the entire lineup when he wasn’t right. The few times this season when he has gotten hot, the whole lineup has followed suit and the Phillies won some games. Unfortunately, his hot streaks are few and far between, and I think it just demoralizes the rest of the team when he is slumping. They are better off releasing him and moving on. He was a huge part of the Phillies success during the good times, but he is nothing more than an anchor weighing them down now.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I’ve seen this guy played back at the Kyojin stadium when MLB visited Tokyo back in 2006 and I was still 19 at that time. And damm, I can still remember it! Those 2 towering homeruns were very amazing! As from the comments here, I see he is struggling. And I do hope him the best and longevity to play the game he love.

  10. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    “I never root for thr Phillies”…..Really? Because we had no idea.

  11. ematusko - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    This is why the fans prefer Utley over Howard. You never hear Chase make snide comments or lash out at detractors. He plays the game right and maximizes his abilities through hard work and preparation. Oh, and he performs better in every category offensively and defensively than Howard. Howard refuses to adjust his game, and although he has lost some weight, there are still warranted questions about his work ethic.

  12. pardontheerruption - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    What have you done for me lately Ryan?! <> That’s what I thought…

  13. Bob Loblaw - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Um, I guess Craig missed when Howard said this around 10 days ago…this is where I jumped off Ryan Howard is a nice guy bandwagon for good.

    “You want to trade places? You want to see what it’s like?” Before any reporters could ask their next question—which presumably would’ve been Where do I get in line?—Howard answered for them. “No, you don’t.”

    If he thinks that 99.9% of the planet would not trade places with him, then he is out of his frigging mind. before he started acting like a grade school baby, I felt the same way as Craig…it’s not Howard’s fault RAJ overpaid him. But now, with this type of LUNACY? Forgetaboutit.

    • schmedley69 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      The longer he struggles, the uglier it’s going to get, and you run the risk of tarnishing the memories from the good times. It will be best for everyone if the Phillies do the humane thing and cut him loose. Let him go to an American League team where he can try to re-invent himself, and put the fans and his teammates out of the misery of having to watch him struggle on a nightly basis.

  14. autmorsautlibertas - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Howard is a bum.

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