Umpire ruins Howard’s childhood dream of taking clutch walk
Updated: October 25, 2010

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Ryan Howard’s dreams were put on hold Saturday after home plate umpire Tom Hallion rung the Phillies slugger up on a called third strike, ending the Phillies season and Howard’s lifelong dream of drawing a clutch playoff walk.

“You practice that play over and over as a kid,” Howard said after the devastating 3-2 loss to the Giants. “You’re in your back yard saying to yourself, ’3-2 count…bottom of the ninth…here’s the pitch…and…it’s a ball! He draws the walk and the Phillies extend the inning! Go Crazy, folks! Go crazy!’ But, unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.”

Howard went on to say that he will work hard this offseason to make sure his has at least one more opportunity to draw a walk and let someone else be the playoff hero.

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4 Responses to “Umpire ruins Howard’s childhood dream of taking clutch walk”

  1. Brian G on October 26th, 2010 12:57 am

    Are You kidding me Ryan Howard? You dreamed as a kid to get a walk to extend the game for someone else to be the hero. Kind of sums up your overhyped sorry career. Growing up in San Francisco we were taught as kids to never go down looking, anything close on a 3-2 count in the last inning you got to swing the bat. Winners dream as a kids of throwing the game winning touchdown, hitting a three to win a basketball game or hitting a homerun to win a baseball game. But if the Phillies slugger dreamed of last inning walks, I now know why the Giants are in the world series.

  2. Zaki on October 26th, 2010 1:48 am “This is a fictional news site intended for (mild) entertainment purposes only”

  3. David on November 1st, 2010 3:13 pm

    Dag Brain G. you really are a moron. It’s called ‘satire’. Get a clue.

  4. BummerPhils on November 18th, 2010 4:01 pm

    Brian G.,

    They may have taught you to never go down looking but that’s the only thing they taught you cuz you is a dim bulb. You make us Bay Area natives look bad.

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