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Trade Howard? Quit hittin the Crack Pipe

“The Big Piece Loves him a Big Philly Cheesesteak from Subway.  Eat Fresh”

Ryan Howard is a lot of things. He is hulking, powerful, witty, charming, and marketable just to name a few.  One thing he is not is patient.  Many across the tri-state area have been on the trade Ryan Howard bandwagon since he arrived in the bigs.  I for one find this idiotic to say the least.  Let me run through a few names of first basemen the Phil’s have had in the past: Rico Brogna, Travis Lee, Kevin Jordan, Chris Pritchett and my personal favorite Pat Burrell.  THOSE WERE ALL JUST IN 2000!  Can you really tell me that you would rather have any of those guys instead of a perennial home run king?  “But he strikes out way too much and he is constantly fooled by off-speed pitches!”  Guess what? Power hitters strike out, this isn’t a news flash.  Ill take 45 homers and 200 k’s a year any day.  As for the off-speed pitches, this guys sees more junk than Cerrano from Major League.  No one in baseball sees less fastballs than him (just ask Jayson Stark he doesn’t lie).  Now was I upset when he was called out looking against the Giants in the NLCS?  You’re goddamn right I was upset.  But would you have rather had Mike Sweeney up there?  The answer is no and will always be no.  I mean this is a guy that had a legitimate chance of breaking Roger Maris’ HR record (yes it is still his) in 2006 and probably would have if anyone on the Marlins had a pair and threw him anything remotely close to the plate.  2011 is the first year of a contract that will pay the big piece a whopping 25 million dollars a year.  That is an obscene amount of money.  Can he live up to that contract?  I don’t think anyone can live up to a contract of that stature.  It isn’t our problem though.  People would call the Phillies ownership cheap for never spending and now they finally have for a legitimate star.  Is there a bad taste in our mouths from last year? Absolutely.  But that isn’t a reason to get rid of one of the main pieces that was here to begin with.

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