Nickname The Phillie: Ryan Howard

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, July 07, 2008 03:30 PM | Comments: 61
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The Phillies have some fantastic nicknames. There’s The Bat (Pat Burrell), Hollywood (Cole Hamels), Lights Out (Brad Lidge), Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) and of course, the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Shane Victorino). But not everyone has a nickname, and we need to help.

An off-hand conversation about Chad Durbin brought upon the nickname “Dim the Lights,” which I think is a worthy moniker for the man. That’s why I think we here at the Nation need to do more of the same. This week I’m opening a feature called “Nickname the Phillie,” where you guys can determine the nickname of select Phils.

Here’s a weird one. Ryan Howard. He has a lot of little nicknames, but nothing certain. Let’s see: Ryno, RyHo, Big Brown, UPS, The Big Man, Dave Kingman. Oh wait. Seriously, Ryno is Ryne Sandberg. Can’t use it. RyHo? Let’s be more creative than first-last name nicknames. Big Brown isn’t bad, but smacks of being politically incorrect. UPS is pretty good. I could live with that. The Big Man is Harry Kalas’ entry, and it fits with Chase Utley’s “The Man,” but anyone could be The Big Man. Dmitri Young can be The Big Man. Oh, the Inquirer ran a blog contest to nickname Howard, and the winner was “The Broad Street Bomber.” Ugh. We need a nickname special to our 50-HR, 250-K slugger. Let’s give it to him.

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  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Swiss Cheese

  • Posts: 0 MS

    Special K

  • Posts: 0 Derek

    All or nothing is pretty accurate but not very catchy….i like special k

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    K-How has grown on me, whoever made that nickname up had a winner.

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Before someone else makes the joke: Johnny Wacko.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I suggested “Nolan Ryan Howard” since he’s the strikeout king….. but K-How has the subtleness about it that makes it great… I think he needs to start hitting over .250 before we give him a nickname though, cause we’re all going to bash him right now

  • Posts: 0 Don M


  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    Baby Huey

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Ry Guy

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Ryan “Can’t hit a fucking off-speed pitch” Howard

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Ryan “Low & Away K” Howard

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    “Nolan Ryan Howard”

    This made me LOL.

  • Posts: 0 Fran

    haha i like nolan ryan howard and low and away K

  • Posts: 0 MS

    let me start by saying i like Ryan Howard and he is a big part of the reason we are a contending team the last few years, but. . . .i wonder how “special” he feels to not make the all star team? i mean he asks for arod money, but hasn’t even been in the top 2 or 3 in his position in the NL in the last couple years.

    what am i missing?

  • Posts: 0 fred

    low and away K is awesome

  • Posts: 0 Rob E.

    Howard should be removed from the ticket for the Phillies nation shirt. Hammels and Utley.

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    Like I said before, “K-How”.

  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    I think Mike T. came up with “K-How.”

    Ye can vote all ye want. I’m calling him K-How, and I’m not calling him anything else.

  • Posts: 0 GM-Carson

    I used to call him Blaster Master on my blog.

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Ryan “Giant Power” Howard…… not bad?

  • Posts: 0 kattapilla

    How about Ryan How-could-you-blow-another-rally?

  • Posts: 0 oaklandphilphan

    How about “R-y-A.N.” Howard? The A.N. stands for All-or-Nothing

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    As has been going since day 1 it’s K-How… This one isn’t even maybe this or that… It’s K-How.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I’m not a huge fan of the nicknames that have one letter-abbreviation ex: a-rod j-roll k-rod but i do like k-how over everything else so far.

  • Posts: 0 That Guy

    I like “johnny wacko”, “head back to the dugout howard”, and simply “General Shitbox”

  • Posts: 0 That Guy

    How about “Garfield” or “Lazy River”

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Please Howard bashers, I’m sure Tim wants a nickname that a majority of fans and Howard himself would appreciate.

    Speaking of Howard, while the rest of the team is struggling offensively, he stands out as the hot hitter with a 11 game hitting streak that is good for .318 BA (14 for 44). During that streak, “Giant Power” Howard
    blasted 5 HRs and had 13 RBIs.

    Here’s another amazing stat for his season; his OPS (on base + slugging)… with RISP is an astounding 1.099 !!!

    I hate to think where the Phillies may be in the standings without “Giant Power” Howard. :-)

  • Posts: 0 Preston Wilson

    This guy makes Adam Dunn look like Paul Loduca

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Vegas, because he’s a wild Swinger.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    haha disregard that ^^^ that barely makes sense

  • Posts: 0 scot

    Vegas is actually good. It gives him props and acknowledges his shortcomings.

  • Posts: 0 Jeremy

    The Brown Sombrero

  • Posts: 0 ryan

    Ryan “all or nothing” Howard.

  • Posts: 0 Jeremy

    Or, less politically incorrect: “Hat Trick”

    3 Ks and a 3-run homer

  • Posts: 0 ryan

    over-powered howard

  • Posts: 0 Josh

    Big Destroyer

  • Posts: 0 Josh

    Grip it and rip it Howard

  • Posts: 0 Karch

    Johnny Fire.

  • Posts: 0 philsphan

    10 million 200
    His contract number this season and the least possible amount of strikeouts he will have this season.

  • Posts: 0 nick

    my friend and I commonly refer to Howard as, The Big Cat.

    not sure why.

  • Posts: 0 Pythagoras

    Stay in Math Class philsphan. Ryan Howard would have to become a slap hitter ala Kenny Lofton to avoid striking out at least 270 times by seasons end.

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    “How Now Brown Cow”

  • Posts: 0 Steve

    It could be Ryan “The Intern” Howard after the Office character who shares his name (who was actually named after Howard the baseball player while he played for the Scranton/Wikes-Barre Red Barons), or maybe Ryan “Liberty Place III” Howard. I have to say though, Special K is the best nickname so far.

  • Posts: 0 Giuliano

    I’m in favor of Ryan “Can’t hit a fucking off-speed pitch” Howard

    just about pissed myself laughing at this one.

  • Posts: 0 JMS

    “How Now Brown Cow” made me laugh a little too hard…I’m going to start calling him that.

  • Posts: 0 Phillie Phan Phrom Aphar

    Howie Man’DRILL’ or Drill or no Drill

  • Posts: 0 Michael Scott

    In our office, we call Ryan Howard “the Temp!” YABBA DABBA DOOO!!

  • Posts: 0 Whisky Priest

    1) “The $10 million Strikeout”
    2) Trade Bait
    3) Phillie Phat Bat
    4) Biggun’
    5) The Five Hole Hole
    6) Donkey Kong

  • Posts: 0 Steve

    Maybe Ryan “Pedro Cerrano” Howard, given his penchant for killing the ball and striking out. It seems as though Jobu has been on his side lately, leading the NL in both HRs and RBIs

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    How bout “Big Wind”?

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