Ryan Howard smiling again
Heel injury behind him, Phillies slugger has renewed sense of what really matters
If Opening Day means more to some people than to others, imagine what it means to a man who watched it last year from another baseball solar system.
That man is Ryan Howard, a fellow who now can once again call himself: first baseman, Philadelphia Phillies. A year ago this time, on the other hand, about all he could call himself was a physical disaster area.
He had a torn Achilles that hadn't healed. He was battling a nasty infection near the site of his heel surgery. His ...
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