Ryan Howard broke his silence yesterday at Phillies training camp. It didn't take long for the first fireworks display to take place with the Phillies, but it was a fireworks display in the press conference room, as opposed to on on field display.
Howard told of a situation that he didn't think the media was dealing with him fairly. He reminded them of the MVP season that he had, and the winning of the World Series win that the Phillies had. He also sighted a year that he did real well according to him, but said, "What was it two years ago, something like that..", again stumbling for facts to support his statement.
Howard was very forthcoming in the reasons why he remained very silent last season. His lack of candor about his decline in his play though wasn't evident during the press conference though.
In some ways, press accounts of this media event, were described as 'bizarre.' Howard started off rambling away at different situations. He said, maybe he could 'hit .300' this year, then 'what are you going to say' in reference to the media.
Howard addressed ineffectiveness against left-handed pitching, but sort of glossed over it like it doesn't exist. He also mentioned the PED's scandal that he claimed not to know where that story came from but that he would settle that in a different venue, a court of law.
Maybe Howard just needs a hug and a pat on the back, oh yeah, that $25 million dollar per year paycheck is pretty good for a season of playing baseball too.