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Report: Phillies Fan Threw A Beer Bottle At Ryan Howard
Long gone are the days of Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hitting 30+ or 40+ homeruns in a season. And apparently the days of Phillies fans cheering for him are over as well.
On Saturday, Howard stated a fan at Citizens Bank Park threw a beer bottle at him from the stands following the team’s 6-3 loss to Milwaukee.
The bottle landed near Howard’s feet as he walked back to the dugout.Howard alerted a security guard at Citizens Bank Park, who picked up the green aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle. It was tasteless, Howard said.
“I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff,” Howard said. “If you want to yell out ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal.”
“We have to be held accountable,” Howard said. “If someone throws something, we’re just supposed to sit there and wear it and get hit. Nah man, we’re human beings first and foremost. People get it twisted. They see the baseball stuff and they don’t see you as a human being. They see you as someone that just plays baseball.”
“I turned around and it was down near my feet,” Howard said. “I don’t play that. To me, that’s crossing the line. It becomes a security issue. It’s not necessary. That stuff infuriates me.”
“If you’re in the street and you do that to somebody, you might get hauled off on,” Howard said. “But we’re supposed to hold ourselves to a different standard and what not. Somebody has to do something. Somebody should get reprimanded for it. Because if I would’ve done something, if I would’ve went into the stands and tried to beat this dude up, I would’ve gotten in trouble by Major League Baseball. He probably would’ve tried to sue me. But it’s OK for him to throw a bottle and then go home and be on his merry way? Nah, that doesn’t work.”
Howard is hitting .151 this season—the last from his 5-year contract with the Phillies.