PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ryan Howard is set to play his final game at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, October 2nd.
The 36-year-old has spent his entire 13 season career with the Phillies, reaching three all-star games, winning an NL MVP award, and of course a World Series in 2008.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
It’s been an incredible tenure for the team’s greatest first baseman ever.
Here are his top 10 moments as a Phillie in chronological order, to date.
1. First Career Grand Slam – August 10th, 2005
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Howard hits his first career grand slam in the 9th inning of a 5-5 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2. Howard Homers Twice To Win Game – May 14th, 2006
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Howard was battling a sickness and did not start this game. Instead, he hit a pinch-hit home run in 8th inning to tie the game, stayed in the game, and won it with another homer in the 12th inning. Both of left-handed pitchers.
Charlie Manuel told the story Thursday on 94WIP.
“I’m talking to some of our guys and we were two outs in the 9th inning, they were up by one run,” Manuel said. “I told somebody to go get [Howard]. I said, ‘Tell Howard to get down here.’ He walks down in the dugout and he’s sick and I asked him, ‘Can you hit?’
“He wasn’t going to tell me no, I knew he wasn’t. And he said, ‘Chuck I’ll hit if you want me to.’
“He goes up and hits a home run off a left-hander and ties the game up,” Manuel continues. “And he comes over to the dugout and I think he thought he was out of the game. And I told him, I said, ‘Grab your glove and go to first base.’ And he looked at me, like ‘Chuck, I’m sick!’ But anyway, he grabbed his glove went to first base. In the 12th inning he hits another homer off a left-hander and wins the game for us.”
3. Seven RBI’s Against The Yankees – June 20th, 2006
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7 of his 149 RBI’s in 2006.
4. Howard Hits 50th, 51st, and 52nd HR’s – September 3rd, 2006
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This was Howard’s MVP season. 58 homers, 149 RBI’s, 25 doubles, while hitting .313/.425/.659 with a 1.084 OPS. He had an offensive wins above replace of 6.1 that season. Insane.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: What Happened To Celina Mays, 12 Years Old And Pregnant, 26 Years Ago?
Ps. Isn’t it beautiful to hear Harry Kalas on the calls?
5. Back-To-Back With Chase – October 26th, 2008 (World Series Game 3)
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Howard goes back-to-back with Chase Utley in a pivotal swing game of the World Series.
6. Two World Series Homers – October 27th, 2008 (World Series Game 4)
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3-4 with two homers and 5 RBI’s to help the Phillies put a strangle hold on their first World Series championship since 1980.
7. Game-Tying Double – October 7th, 2009 (NLDS Game 4)
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Down to their final out and down two-runs, Howard laced a two-run game-tying double to right field tying the game for the Phils. The Phillies went on to win the game 5-4, and the series 3-1.
8. Walk-Off Home Run To Complete Comeback – July 9th, 2010
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Down 7-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Phils rallied to tie the game and send it to extras. Howard won it in the 10th. He finished 3-4, with a HR and 3 RBI’s on the night.
9. 300th Home Run – September 22nd, 2012
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Howard is currently sitting on 381 home runs and 1,192 RBI’s.
10. Still Hitting Grand Slams – September 27th, 2016
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Even in a lost season, the 36-year-old first baseman adds to his franchise leading grand slam total.