Missing Piece

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Ryan Howard is off crutches and walking with just a mild limp and tape on this ankle.

How do I know?

Well, you know how excited you were last night when the Phils came from behind in a dramatic 8th inning to beat the Mets 7-5?  I, for one, was at my beach house rooting the Phillies on, getting a little misty eyed from Mike Sweeney's boyish enthusiasm.

Howard?  He was food shopping.

Reader Kevin Wilson tells us that Howard was at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting around 8:00 with his girlfriend, Krystle Campbell.  Howard lives in nearby Blue Bell.  He was sans crutches and pushing a shopping cart, so that's good.  But his ankle was taped, according to Wilson.

The Big Piece is on the DL and he's not required to be at the game, but it's a home series against a division rival over alumni weekend- maybe like show up for a few innings?

A Whole Foods employee confirmed Wilson's observation on his Facebook profile.  He said he shook Howard's hand and let him know the Phils were winning.  Awesome.

Luckily, he was just across the parking lot from the AMC Plymouth Meeting 12 so he could take in Inception at 10:30- according to several tweets and readers.

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Others report seeing him at the Roxxy Night Club in Center City later on.

Now, let's compare.  Chase Utley?  At the game, watching, rooting.  He even traveled with the team.  Howard?  Food shopping near his house so he can catch a 10:30 movie across the parking lot.

Maybe a little support from The Big Piece during the stretch run would be nice.  Or least maybe watch the game?

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22 Responses

  1. leave him alone..hes the man and inception is a great movie. never misses games and never gets hurt. give him a break.

  2. I noticed that he was missing in the dugout. Utley and Victorino were there. So, why not Howard? Perhaps he’s just too damn frustrated to not be playing? I’m sure both Utley and Victorino are. Still, be a man, Howard and show some frickin team support. This ticks me off especially with him getting paid the big bucks that he does. It sucks.Grumble grumble…. Barb

  3. I also question his common sense. If you’re not goin to show up at the game, at least, don’t show up in public for everyone to see you. This really pisses me off. Howard, I am not impressed at your lack of judgement. Does this bother anyone else as much as it does me?

  4. OVERBLOWN. Jeff Carter was getting shitfaced at a bar while the Flyers were on the road against Boston. Utley has a thumb injury and Vic has a hip injury. Maybe the doctors want him off of his feet, or not near a bunch of players in the dugout? Grant it he was at a crowded movie theater. In the words of a Former Phillies First Basemen, John Kruk, “The 15 day DL is really a vacation for players to take some time off and heal up.” Paraphrasing, but he has said that a few times on Baseball Tonight

  5. And the Jerseys might be from other players around baseball? Did you ever think of that? Being a Lance Berkman fan or someone else on the Astro’s?

  6. I have zero prob with the jerseys, a lot of players get them signed. But he’s the leader of the team, big home series. Stick around at the game, or watch it. As fans we hang on every pitch- as the leader of the team, making $20 mil, support the team a bit.
    And believe me, I’m well aware of carts.

  7. Sure…he’s a regular guy but you know what? There’s 21 other hours in the day (since he’s not playing)that he can go to the grocery store or to the movies…why did it have to be between 7 and 10pm?!? If you’re not going to the game, then stay home until the game’s over. Period.

  8. Ibmg, he’s the highest paid player on the team. And the leader. You show up for a home game against the mets. Or at least watch it. He’s been sitting at home for the last 3 days, plenty of time for other shit. He’s part of the team. The other injured guys were there, he should be too. No excuse.

  9. IB, just because I’m female doesn’t mean I don’t the difference between right and wrong in professional sports and not entitled to an valid opinion. I’m just sayin’.

  10. Unlike in other sports, Howard has to go to work almost every single night of the year. He really only gets to go out at night during the offseason. Give the man a break and let him live a little. Let him spend some time with his girlfriend. He’s human just like everybody else.

  11. Barb, when you’re done downing the wine coolers and sober-up enough to get your grammar right:
    1. Stop with the stupid “I’m just sayin’.” phrase. Oh my *BLEEP*-ing Lord, every time I hear or see that retarded comment I want to wretch. BLYEEECHCKTCH!
    2. If you paid close attention to my earlier comment, you’ll see that I never said you were either right or wrong. You’ll also see that I never said you weren’t entitled to *A* valid opinion–or *AN* invalid opinion, for that matter.
    3. We all need mental breaks from our profession even when it’s at crucial times, and even if it’s a fulfilling profession. Take ANGRY AL above. He’s probably due for a (long) mental break. Then he wouldn’t be so angry. And by the way Al, who’s the loser now? All y’all whining losers bitching about Howard, that’s who!:
    http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/jlv/lowres/jlvn276l.jpg

  12. “All y’all???” You’re a fine one to talk about grammar or mental breaks!
    You should change your name from “Iron Balls” to “Cement Head.”

  13. Give him a break. He was probably going into the food store to get snacks for the movie. Everyone knows that movie theatres rip you off on food.

  14. ryan howard is a human. bash him for shopping and seeing a movie. u all forget the man misses no games and is the best player by far. he should be able to take a shit in the middle of citizens bank park let alone go food shopping.

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