Of all the things that are troubling about Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, and there are many — see his .240 batting average over the past three seasons, along with his 38 homers and his $65 million salary in that same timespan — this new revelation could be most troubling.
Howard might very well be a Nickelback fan.
Creative taunters at Atlanta's Turner Field held up a sign at Tuesday night's Phillies-Braves game that read, "Ryan Howard listens to Nickelback," which is up there with the worst insults you can hurl at a person. You can talk about someone's mama. Or their sister even. You can say they smell. But accusing a person of liking Nickelback is below the belt.
Here's where things get much worse. When asked by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki about the sign after the game, Howard didn't deny being a fan of the cringeworthy Canadian rock band. C'mon, Ryan. Deny! Deny! Deny! Even if you had a regrettable weekend nine years ago when "Photograph" was your jam, you deny that nonsense. Instead, he said:
"Is it bad to listen to Nickelback? ... I mean, I’m not afraid to say that I diversify my musical portfolio. I didn’t know they could see or hear what … how do they know I listen to Nickelback? I listen to everything. I don’t know if there’s a specific song by Nickelback (I listen to).”
Players go through media training right? Isn't there a section in the handbook that says, "If anyone ever asks you if you like Nickelback, Kevin James movies, Pitbull or 'Two and a Half Men,' you are supposed to flat-out say no."
This is bad for all of baseball. Now smart aleck DJs at opposing ballparks are going to play Nickelback songs when Howard comes up to bat. That might not bother him too much, but you know who it affects? Us. The people in this world who work hard to avoid Nickelback at every cost.
When baseball fans' ears start falling off because of excessive Chad Kroeger throaty growls, we'll have another reason to shake our heads at Ryan Howard.
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