A letter in today’s Inquirer about Ryan Howard:
Cheer Ryan Howard
On Monday, I suggested on Angelo Cataldi’s WIP radio talk show that Philadelphia fans should give Ryan Howard a standing ovation every time he comes to the plate. Those cheers would tell Howard that we understand the struggle, that we are with him, and that he still is the same hero in our eyes who won MVP and Rookie of the Year in successive seasons.
On Tuesday, I read that Pat Burrell attributes his success this year to confidence. From my own experience, I can attest that state of mind or confidence are crucial factors in success.
Obviously, Howard has been a big disappointment this year to the fans and to himself (”Manuel sits Howard against Big Unit, guarding progress,” May 7). However, there’s a good chance that a standing ovation and cheers could give him a shot in the arm and the confidence to shake out of his slump.
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter
Yes, apparently ol’ Arlen is following in the footsteps of Post Game Live panelist/Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and weighing in on the sports topics of the day. He’s actually involved in all the facets of sports: Spygate, the NFL Network and Comcast, Ryan Howard’s feelings. Aww, let’s all be nice to Ry-Ho so he hits some dingers.
Letters to the Editor [Inquirer]