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Ryan Howard retirement ceremony: Date, time, live stream, exclusive interview and how to watch

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Ryan Howard retirement ceremony: Date, time, live stream, exclusive interview and how to watch

Ryan Howard will be in Philadelphia for his retirement ceremony on Sunday, July 14. 

You can watch the ceremony live from Citizens Bank Park on Phillies Pregame Live just before the Phils take on the Washington Nationals. But before that, be sure to tune in at 12 p.m. for a special sitdown with the former Phillies slugger. 

It’s Phillies Focus: Ryan Howard, our exclusive chat with The Big Piece on his career in Phillies pinstripes. If you can’t make the 12 p.m. debut, or you live outside of the Delaware Valley, find out how you can still catch the special interview below. 

If you live in the Philadelphia area

If you live in the area and subscribe to NBC Sports Philadelphia, below is a list of other currently scheduled re-air dates. All are set to air on NBC Sports Philadelphia unless otherwise noted. Set your DVR!

  • Monday, July 15 – 11:45am & 11:15pm
  • Thursday, July 18 – 6:45pm
  • Saturday, July 20 -- 3:15pm (NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus)
  • Thursday, July 25 – 11:30pm
  • Saturday, August 3 – 3:45pm
  • Thursday, August 8 – 9:00pm

If you live outside of the Philadelphia area

Displaced Philly fans can access Phillies Focus: Ryan Howard on demand through NBC Sports Gold Philly Pass. Use promo code RYAN for $5 off the annual price. This offer expires August 9. Access Philly Pass here

Philly Pass also provides subscribers access to exclusive interviews with Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, our Signing Harper documentary special, the 2008 World Series parade, every Phillies Pre and Postgame Live show, and plenty of other great Philly sports content.

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Ryan Howard has the most perfect gender reveal

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Ryan Howard has the most perfect gender reveal

It looks like the Big Piece will be getting a little family addition soon. 

Ryan Howard came out of retirement briefly on Saturday to take a swing at a baseball for the gender reveal of his newest child. Our old friend took up his beloved stance to swing at a pitch sent toward him by his wife, Krystle.

The slugger connected once again, as we’ve seen so many times before, but this time, that ball wasn’t flying out of Citizens Bank Park. This time, the ball was sent into the air and exploded pink, to symbolize Howard’s incoming baby girl. 

Check out the video below, which Howard shared on his Instagram page. The family’s reaction is priceless. It looks like they’re pretty excited about a future slugger.

Congrats to the entire Howard family on their newest addition. We can’t wait to see her rocking some pinstripes soon. 

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Could this year's Phillies starting 8 be better than the 2008 Phillies lineup?

Could this year's Phillies starting 8 be better than the 2008 Phillies lineup?

The 2008 Phillies will forever have a place in the heart of every Phillies fan, for one obvious reason: they won it all. A big reason they were able to win the World Series is the strength of their offense. Led by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins, the 2008 Phillies led the National League with 214 home runs, and finished second in the NL with a .438 team slugging percentage.

But the Phillies' offseason shopping spree netted them three starting position players who all made the All-Star Game last season, the first time that has happened in MLB history. It also gave them perhaps the most dangerous lineup in the game today.

With Bryce Harper now in the fold, I raise the question: how does the 2019 starting 8 stack up offensively with that of the 2008 World Series champs? Let's take it position-by-position.

Catcher: Carlos Ruiz vs. J.T. Realmuto
Make no mistake: we all love Chooch. But as much as we value him and his place in the Phillies' golden run, he was not strong offensively, especially in 2008, when he hit just .219 in 117 games. Ruiz managed four homers and 31 RBI on the season, numbers I expect Realmuto to eclipse by about May 15. Verdict: 2019

First Base: Ryan Howard vs. Rhys Hoskins
Hoskins has a lot of potential, especially with the protection that will be around him in this lineup, but Ryan Howard in his prime was a force of nature. Fourty-eight homers, 146 RBI. Just an absolute monster out of the cleanup spot. Verdict: 2008

Second Base: Chase Utley vs. Cesar Hernandez
This one is also not close. Utley hit 33 homers and had his fourth straight 100-RBI season in 2008. Hernandez is a good player, and a nice on-base guy at the top of the lineup, but you can't argue this one. Verdict: 2008

Third base: Pedro Feliz vs. Maikel Franco
The only reason Feliz didn't hit eighth in the 2008 Phillies lineup is because Carlos Ruiz was also playing that day. Meanwhile, Franco quietly has been productive. Three straight seasons with at least 22 homers, and he also led the Phillies in batting average last season (not a huge feat, but .270 is a good average) Verdict: 2019 

Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins vs. Jean Segura
Fairly even matchup here. Both Rollins and Segura have pop, and a lot of speed. I'll give the nod to J-Roll here, because he has more of both. And Jimmy could always bring it when the red light was on. Verdict: 2008 

Left field: Pat Burrell vs. Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen is a former NL MVP and a five-time All-Star, but I'm giving the edge to The Bat here. Thirty-three homers, 86 RBI, 102 walks, and an OPS that was just a few ticks behind Howard's for the season (.875, compared to .881 for Howard). This was Burrell's last good season, and he was an underrated force in the middle of the lineup. Verdict: 2008 

Center field: Shane Victorino vs. Odubel Herrera
The image of Victorino leaping on top of the pile following the final out in the World Series is indelible. But this one is closer to me than you may think. I feel like these two players are similar. Streaky hitters, good speed-power combo, even down to the occasional mental errors on the field. I'm hopeful Herrera shakes off last year's second half and gives the team more of what we saw in early 2018. Verdict: Push

Right field: Jayson Werth vs. Bryce Harper 
We are through the looking glass here. A player who left the Phillies to head south to D.C. against the new addition, who did the opposite this week. I don't think this is a close race. While Werth was a significant cog in the 2008 machine, Harper gives you so much more offensively that it's not a fair fight. Verdict: 2019 

Based on the individual matchups, I'm giving a slight edge to the 2008 team. I will say that the fac it's close enough to argue will make for a fun spring and summer, with the hopes for many more to come.

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