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Phillies’ Ryan Howard Visits a Cheltenham Supermarket To Promote Team’s Food Drive

(Ryan Howard uses the PA system at the the ShopRite store in Cheltenham.  Credit: Tim Jimenez)

(Ryan Howard uses the PA system at the the ShopRite store in Cheltenham. Credit: Tim Jimenez)

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Tim Jimenez is a general assignment reporter at KYW Newsradio...
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By Tim Jimenez

CHELTENHAM, Pa. (CBS) — Not a typical afternoon here at ShopRite, as a certain Phillies’ first baseman gets shoppers’ attention.

Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard made a pitch to shoppers at the Cheltenham supermarket today about the team’s annual food drive taking place next month.

(Howard on the P.A. system:) “We have a great sale on Vlasic dill pickles, two for $4. You did not hear me wrong. Vlasic dill pickles, two for $4, on aisle seven. Get it while it’s hot.”

When Howard wasn’t talking about pickle sales on aisle seven or cheese on aisle 13, he was telling fans about the team’s third annual effort to help Philabundance.

“Spread the word for the food drive that’s going to take place July 7th, down at Citizens Bank Park,” he announced.

The Phillies host the Braves that day, and fans can drop off canned goods as they enter the park.

As for Howard’s stint behind the customer service counter, he may not equal Phillies’ public address announcer Dan Baker, but he had a good time on the mic.

“I think that everybody secretly wants to get on the PA system in the store at some point in their life and throw something out there,” he says, “so it’s been fun so far.”

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