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One Anonymous NL Coach Isn't too Bullish on Ryan Howard's Legs

One Anonymous NL Coach Isn't too Bullish on Ryan Howard's Legs

Do you worry about Ryan Howard every time you watch him run?

Apparently there's a coach in the National League who does.

Andy Martino of the NY Daily News (via HBT) leads a basic notes writeup with concern for the long-term health of Howard and Albert Pujols.

It's mostly about Pujols -- who hasn't looked like the same guy since leaving St. Louis and is battling knee and foot issues -- but there's a curious note at the bottom about Howard, too:

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, another marquee first baseman is hobbling. Howard blew out his achilles while grounding out to end the 2011 National League Division Series. This year, like Pujols, he is still moving gingerly.

Well, I don't know about that. He's never exactly been fleet of foot but he certainly looks more mobile than last season. Right?

“Every time I see Ryan Howard run, I worry that ankle is going to snap again,” said one National League coach.


Howard is, of course, in Year 2 of his five-year $125 million contract extension, an extension that won't look so "market-friendly" if the Big Piece collapses on his way to first again.

Through 13 games, he's batting .255 with a .291 OBP, .392 SLG, five RBI and one dinger.

Cue outrage about "unnamed sources" and how those individuals should "put their names on things" or whatever people say nowadays.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales


CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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The Phillie Phanatic got a date with a Dodgers reporter, spilled all over her


The Phillie Phanatic got a date with a Dodgers reporter, spilled all over her

The Phillie Phanatic is nothing if not persistent. 

When he has his big bug eyes set on something, he goes to great length to make it happen.

So it was with great joy we got to see his wooing of Los Angeles Dodgers' reporter Alanna Rizzo paid off on Thursday -- at least in the short term.

Prior to today's matinee with the Dodgers, the Phillies broadcast showed the Phanatic setting up a lovely, romantic setting on the field at Citizens Bank Park for a date with Alanna.

"He knows exactly how to get to a ladies' heart," Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy said.

But then the Phanatic had to go screw it up like the goof that he is and spilled his beverage all over his date.

We're hoping that Phyllis does not see this clip, for everyone's sake. But part of us thinks it may have all been a ploy to punk the opposing team's media member. Maybe the Phanatic is smarter than we all think and had that up his sleeve all along.

"Do they have to put him in a cage when they take a flight," John Kruk wondered aloud.

Good question.