For a second there, you could feel something familiar stirring in your chest again — a little surge of adrenaline, fluttering like a butterfly’s wings.
Ryan Howard had just reached out and swatted at a belt-high pitch, and the ball exploded off his bat the way it used to, and most of the people in the chilly ballpark leaned forward in anticipation the way they used to. If Harry Kalas had still been alive, his voice would’ve been climbing along with the spinning white dot, adding a touch of suspense for his listeners: “It could be… it might be… “
But Harry’s been gone for seven years now. The ball took a nose-dive at the warning track in centerfield, and slammed into a red Toyota advertisement in front of the bullpen. Howard, all 6-foot-4, 250 and some odd pounds of him, chug-a-lugged into second base with a double in his first at-bat in Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
The fans gave him an appreciative round of applause. It was the first of his final three games in a Phillies uniform, maybe the final games of his storied 13-year career. If Howard allowed his eyes to roam the stands, he surely noticed whole sections of empty blue seats. Even worse, there was a large, vocal contingent of New York Mets fans in the house, chanting “Let’s go Mets!” like they owned the joint. So this was how the most joyful era in Phillies history was drawing to a close. Goddamn it all. Read more »
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Major League Baseball announced today it had cleared Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in its investigation into the Al Jazeera performance-enhancing drug report released late last year.
The international media giant’s report into the world of sports doping used an undercover athlete to secretly record people peddling PEDs. It linked Howard, two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and others to edge-enhancing drugs. MLB cleared Zimmerman today also; the NFL is investigating other football players named in the report.
“This thorough investigation did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard of Zimmerman,” MLB said in its statement. “Both Howard and Zimmerman fully cooperated with the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.” Charlie Sly, the pharmacist secretly recorded in the report who accused the two baseball players, did not cooperate with MLB. Read more »
Ryan Howard, along with members of the Monarchs, the Phillies youth squad.
The City, along with the Phillies and Major League Baseball, unveiled the new Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia Thursday. The 7,500 square foot training center was added to the existing recreation center, and is state of the art.
“This is what our children deserve, this is what our children are meant to experience,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, who added that growing up, he didn’t have these kinds of facilities. Read more »
Second time’s the charm: A sale agreement in 2014 fell through, but this time, a buyer looking to upsize successfully closed on buying Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard’s Blue Bell home. | Image via Bristol Real Estate
The Phillies may currently be in a slump, but first baseman Ryan Howard is doing fine, for this time around, he has found a buyer for his spacious estate in Blue Bell.
The final sale price of $2.525 million is a little bit below Howard’s asking price of $2.69 million for this second listing — the first was in 2014 — but it nonetheless represents the highest sale price for a home in the Wissahickon School District in nearly three years, according to agent Cary Simons Nelson of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, which represented the buyer in the transaction. Read more »
Police have cited and arrested the man they say threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during a Phillies game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, June 4th.
Sidney Smith, 21, of Wilmington, Delaware, turned himself in at the South Detective Division on Friday, according to police. He was issued a summary citation for disorderly conduct and released. Read more »
I was sitting on the banks of the Schuylkill River with my boyfriend, Brad, and our friend Conor last year, outside of the Art Museum, when Conor said: “What was the best day of your life?” Conor and Brad were smoking cigars, which seemed to incline them both toward philosophical reflection. Brad said, “The day the Phillies won the World Series.” I said, “Me too!” Only we were talking about two different days.
I was referring to the 1980 victory, which I watched on a small TV with my dad and other customers at Towne Pizza at 19th and Pine. Everyone went absolutely bonkers, including my dad, who never cared at all about sports. Of course, the victory wasn’t about baseball, per se. It was about Philadelphia. It was also pure joy unfettered by knowledge (I was 12), and it suffused my entire body. Read more »
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Police are investigating after a fan allegedly threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Howard alerted a security guard when an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle landed near his feet during his walk back to the dugout – he’d just grounded out in the ninth inning, the Inquirer reports. Read more »
The House of Howard resides in Blue Bell. | Images via Bristol Real Estate
After a rough couple of seasons, the Phillies are turning things around so far this year, sitting at 16-11 after a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis Tuesday night. The one run came on a home run off the bat of Ryan Howard, who already has six on the season.
It looks like Ryan is trying to take the positive vibes from the plate into the real estate market, as Philly.com reports that he has recently put his home in Blue Bell back on the market. Howard, who also has property in Rittenhouse, tried to sell the home in 2014. Like the Phils were in 2014, however, he was uncuccessful.
Now, after a significant price cut, it’s back on the market. The home has six bedrooms, seven full and one half bathrooms and 8,921 square feet of interior space, and was refurbished last year for $500,000. The first floor has hardwood flooring and a gourmet kitchen with handcrafted cabinets, granite counters and a butler’s pantry with copper sink and wine cooler between the kitchen and dining room. The home also comes with a walkout basement, a gym, a movie theater and a sauna. Outside, a manicured lawn frames the house’s stone exterior. In the back, there’s a large slate and brick patio, a pool, pool house and fire pit.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 7 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 8,921
ADDITIONAL INFO: It’s got a three-car attached garage and a three-car detached garage that has a finished area with a full bath above it.
501 Deerfield Ct., Blue Bell, Pa. 19422
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) runs the bases after hitting a two RBI home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard is denying an Al Jazeera report he used performance enhancing drugs, and his attorney is threatening to sue the TV network for the allegations. The source of Al Jazeera’s report has recanted his allegations.
William Burck. the attorney for both Howard and the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman — also named in the report — told 6ABC court action could be forthcoming. Read more »