When he’s not mashing homers, winning LCS MVP awards, or reviewing possible candidates for the MMmm Hall of Fame, Ryan Howard does what every other superstar first baseman would do — spend some quality time with the hard-working people of Philadelphia.
Case in point #1:
As told by the gossip section of today’s Daily News through the words of Dan Gross:
When Kimberly Hoffman made place cards of famous Philadelphians like Rocky Balboa, Donovan McNabb, and Ryan Howard, for her Friday night wedding to Micah Hauenstein at the Water Works restaurant she never expected the real Ryan Howard to show up.
The Phillies first baseman and a female companion stopped by the Water Works unaware the restaurant was closed for a wedding. Restaurant staff invited the pair inside for a drink and when owner Michael Karloutsos and family told Howard about the place cards, he happily areed to surprise the bridal party, getting a hug from the bewildered bride.
Here’s the proof:
Although I find it hard to believe that two grown-ups who are getting married in a fancy place like the Water Works would be so strange as to arrange place cards for fictional characters and others that they know won’t show up, it is pleasant surprise to have Big Brown show up at your wedding just before he heads off to play in the World Series. But yeah, that place cards thing is borderline creepy.
Case in point #2:
Philadelphia sports die-hard Bob Lutz stops off at a gas station to re-up on nicotine and who does he run into?
This was outside a gas station on Penrose and Pattison Avenue. My wife and I stopped to get a pack of smokes and hit the ATM on our way to the Flyers game and saw Ryan Howard. He was very cool,and much smaller than I thought. We wished him luck, and he told us “Go Flyers.”
Look at that — Howard is not only spending time with locals, he’s embracing the Flyers as well.
What an upstanding citizen he is.
Surely Mark Teixeira would’ve been doing the same in New York, but he was busy working on that gaudy .290 LCS OBP of his. In his defense though, he did have 3 RBI in a loss.
SUCK IT TEIXEIRA!
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