Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2009 Chachi #47 Ryan Howard AS

All-Star Games: 2006 (PNC Park, Pittsburgh), 2009 (Busch Stadium, St. Louis)
Prior All-Star Game Performance: Ryan grounded out against Mariano Rivera in his lone plate appearance in the 2006 All-Star Game.
How He Got to St. Louis: Ryan was named a NL All-Star reserve by manager Charlie Manuel. Ryan finished the first half of 2009 with 22 home runs and 67 RBI - both marks placing him within the top 5 in the NL.
2009 All-Star Game Notes: With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, two runners on, and with the American League holding onto a 4-3 lead, Ryan came to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Unfortunately, pitcher Joe Nathan won the battle as Ryan struck out on a check swing to end the inning.
Pictured: July 13, 2009 - Hitting one of his 15 home runs in the annual All-Star Game Home Run Derby

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