A Phillies fan, ostensibly frustrated with first baseman Ryan Howard‘s lackluster performance this season and/or the team’s loss, threw a beer bottle at the slugger during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Howard didn’t start in any of the Phillies’ four games against the Brewers, but he did pinch hit and make the final out of Saturday’s game, a 6-3 loss. Howard hit a grounder to closer Jeremy Jeffress, who threw to first base for a 1-3 putout. To the veteran’s credit, he ran hard down the line and made it a close play. The unhappy fan still decided to hurl a Bud Light Lime bottle at him.
Howard was understandably displeased with the incident. He said, “I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff. If you want to yell out ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal.”
He continued, saying, “We have to be held accountable. 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.”
It’s worth pointing out that, other than this incident by one individual, Phillies fans have treated Howard well this season. He was cheered as he stepped to the plate on Saturday and has generally gotten a positive reception during games despite his disappointing numbers. Howard also noted that he has, until Saturday, never had anything thrown at him by fans.
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