Yesterday, Sports Talk Philly staffers debated the top moments of Ryan Howard's career with the Philadelphia Phillies, as what is likely to be his final season with the club winds down. While some of the many tremendous moments of Howard's career were revisited, one impactful moment of Howard's career seems to be consistently forgotten: his 2009 NLCS dominance.
After batting .375 in the the Phillies four game NLDS win over the Colorado Rockies, including bringing the Phillies back in the ninth inning of Game 4 when his teammates "got him to the plate," Howard used his 15 at-bats in the 2009 NLCS to help the Phillies reach their second consecutive World Series. In five games in the series, Howard batted .333 with five hits, six walks, five runs scored, two home runs, and eight RBIs.
Howard's signature moment in the series came in Game 3 of the series, when a first inning triple plated two, leading the Phillies to a four-run first inning and an 11-0 victory that allowed them to seize control of the series.
(Howard's Triple can be seen at the 21:21 mark.)