Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/15/12
As Phillies fans we all are waiting for Ryan Howard to come back. We will take his strikeouts and yeah, he gets a pass, because he hits so many freakin’ home runs. Ryan Howard hits a tater at the All-Star game in Pittsburgh Small ball will get you some wins. Heck the old St. Louis Cardinals during the Ozzie Smith days used it to play championship ball. But admit it: Charlie Manuel doesn’t like small ball, heck when the hot weather comes, “It’s hitting season,” Charlie will utter. So that is why, as a Phillies’ fan, it is exciting to see Jim Thome go on a home run tear. Yep, I was ready to put him in a wheelchair until he hit that 600-foot monster to center in Minnesota. The dude still has it. I saw Jim Thome live at the Vet hit one almost to the upper deck in left at the Vet. Now, power hitters, like Thome and Howard, go in streaks and Thome will cool off sometime. But to the Phillies, he represents a power threat that they did not have since Howard went down in the fifth game of ...
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