Nickname The Phillie: Ryan Howard – Phillies Nation

Nickname The Phillie: Ryan Howard

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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  1. Geoff

    July 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Swiss Cheese

  2. MS

    July 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Special K

  3. Derek

    July 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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

  4. TJ

    July 9, 2008 at 3:38 pm

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

  5. TJ

    July 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Before someone else makes the joke: Johnny Wacko.

  6. Don M

    July 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    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

  7. Don M

    July 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm


  8. Brian Michael

    July 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Baby Huey

  9. TJ

    July 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Ry Guy

  10. TJ

    July 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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

  11. Rick

    July 9, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Ryan “Low & Away K” Howard

  12. Jeff

    July 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    “Nolan Ryan Howard”

    This made me LOL.

  13. Fran

    July 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    haha i like nolan ryan howard and low and away K

  14. MS

    July 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    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?

  15. fred

    July 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    low and away K is awesome

  16. Rob E.

    July 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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

  17. Mike T.

    July 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Like I said before, “K-How”.

  18. Lewisauce

    July 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    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.

  19. GM-Carson

    July 9, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I used to call him Blaster Master on my blog.

  20. Bruce

    July 9, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Ryan “Giant Power” Howard…… not bad?

  21. kattapilla

    July 9, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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

  22. oaklandphilphan

    July 9, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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

  23. NJ

    July 9, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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

  24. NEPA

    July 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    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.

  25. That Guy

    July 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm

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

  26. That Guy

    July 9, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    How about “Garfield” or “Lazy River”

  27. Bruce

    July 9, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    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. 🙂

  28. Preston Wilson

    July 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    This guy makes Adam Dunn look like Paul Loduca

  29. NEPA

    July 9, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Vegas, because he’s a wild Swinger.

  30. NEPA

    July 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    haha disregard that ^^^ that barely makes sense

  31. scot

    July 9, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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

  32. Jeremy

    July 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    The Brown Sombrero

  33. ryan

    July 9, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Ryan “all or nothing” Howard.

  34. Jeremy

    July 9, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Or, less politically incorrect: “Hat Trick”

    3 Ks and a 3-run homer

  35. ryan

    July 9, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    over-powered howard

  36. Josh

    July 9, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Big Destroyer

  37. Josh

    July 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Grip it and rip it Howard

  38. Karch

    July 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Johnny Fire.

  39. philsphan

    July 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

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

  40. nick

    July 9, 2008 at 6:33 pm

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

    not sure why.

  41. Pythagoras

    July 9, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  42. NEPA

    July 9, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    “How Now Brown Cow”

  43. Steve

    July 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    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.

  44. Giuliano

    July 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

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

    just about pissed myself laughing at this one.

  45. JMS

    July 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm

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

  46. Phillie Phan Phrom Aphar

    July 10, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Howie Man’DRILL’ or Drill or no Drill

  47. Michael Scott

    July 10, 2008 at 3:34 am

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

  48. Whisky Priest

    July 10, 2008 at 3:36 am

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

  49. Steve

    July 10, 2008 at 10:18 am

    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

  50. Mike

    July 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

    How bout “Big Wind”?

  51. Adam

    July 10, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Gotta mention my favorite nickname on the team….the Coste Guard

  52. Bloodbath McGrath

    July 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Feliz has to be Cerrano. Can’t hit and off speed pitch and his name is actually Pedro. It’s too perfect.

  53. Bloodbath McGrath

    July 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    How about “the Breeze.”

    It can be taken two ways. Sometimes he makes it look so easy… and other times… well, he creates one hell of a breeze.

  54. Jeff M

    July 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Ryan “Airshow” Howard

    Either he hits it a long way, or there is a lot of air with his swing. What do you think??

  55. Steve

    July 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    K-How is catchy, but the bashers are going a little overboard. He leads the NL in HR and RBI and continues to raise his avg daily. What more do you want out of your clean-up spot? And if sooooooo many other 1st basemen can out produce him, then why haven’t they? Some Philly fans really suck. And the “He wants A-Rod money” rumor is one of the biggest urban legends out there. The is NO proof, quote, or otherwise out there that can be produce to support that SPECULATION. Stop parroting sports talk radio.

  56. J

    July 11, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    i like the Ryan “Airshow” Howard one

  57. sharon

    September 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    i dont care how politically correct this is but i think we should call him The Brown Babe…cuz when he’s hot that’s all that matters and two homers in one game says he’s smokin’

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