Stairs: Howard Went Out And Played Game As Hard As He Could
October 2nd, 2016 marks what is expected to be Ryan Howard's final game in a Phillies' uniform after a 13 year career. The 2005 NFL Rookie of the Year, 2006 NFL MVP, he led MLB in RBI for three seasons (2006, 2008, 2009) finishes his time in Philadelphia second in franchise history in home runs (382) and third in RBI (1,194).
Phillies TV Color Analyst and 19-year MLB Hitter Matt Stairs was Howard's teammate in 2008 and 2009, he joined The Sports Bash on Monday and spoke about Howard's impact on the Phillies' teams that went to the World Series back to back seasons:
"I think just the name Ryan Howard in the middle of the lineup changed the outlook how managers were going to approach our team and how they were going to use the bullpen, they would burn their number one left-hander to come in and face Ryan Howard. He is a shy guy, he's a guy who sits in his locker and he's always got a big smile on his face. He's not a real vocal leader but he leads by example, he went out and played the game as hard as he could, he had fun. Tremendous leader on the field, in the locker room he would crack some jokes at the right time when you needed it, that's what leaders do."
Checkout what Stairs had to say about his favorite Ryan Howard memories, Howard's standing among other great power hitters of his era, and thoughts on the 2008 Phillies' World Series team