Ryan Howard may be struggling this year, but there's no excuse for what happened to the Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder on Saturday. Howard returned to the dugout following a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and a fan threw an empty beer bottle at him, which landed at the first baseman's feet.
The Phillies are looking into the incident and Howard is understandably upset, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"I’ve done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff," Howard said. "If you want to yell out ‘You suck,’ that’s whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that’s when stuff gets personal."
Howard did not start the Phillies' five games prior to Saturday and only entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. He has struggled this year, batting .151 with just a .211 on-base percentage. He understands fans are upset with his play, but is angry about being treated inhumanely.
"We have to be held accountable," Howard said. "If someone throws something, we’re just supposed to sit there and wear it and get hit. Nah man, we’re human beings first and foremost. People get it twisted. They see the baseball stuff and they don’t see you as a human being. They see you as someone that just plays baseball."
It's an unfortunate blemish on Philadelphia sports fans who too often find themselves lumped in with a few bad apples. Area fans are upset -- condemning what happened to Howard and standing by him.