Howard did have two hits in tonight’s loss to the Rays, but it’s clear he hasn’t been clutch in the postseason. Just look at how down in the dumps he seems while Tampa Bay celebrates.
Which makes me wonder….How does a guy with his home run power and ability to drive in runs suddenly go all spazzy at the plate? (I know, I know. I should ask A-Rod.) Charlie Manuel suggested Howard is “pressing” – the generic explanation used by managers whenever a player slumps. Manuel also expressed certainty that the situation would improve for his slugger – somehow.
But will it? Do slumps disappear on their own? If I were a Phillies fan, I’d want Howard to be a little more proactive about this. So I’m offering my own ideas for how he can stop pressing and start relaxing.
First, he should try…
Yes, meditation – so he can clear his mind of all thoughts of striking out with men on base.
If that doesn’t work….
Yes, yoga – to show him he can do anything and everything with that hulking body of his.
If he strikes out fails with that, he should try..
Yes, painting. It’s supposed to be a great release.
Yes, acupuncture – if he isn’t afraid of needles.
And finally there’s always…
Yes, psychotherapy. I’m sure the Phillies would pay for all the necessary sessions.
I’m rooting for the Rays, so I don’t have a personal stake in Howard’s success. I’m just saying. Try SOMETHING, people.