NBC's "The Office" ends its nine-season run on Thursday night and — we'll be completely honest here — it's a couple years overdue.
Nonetheless, around the web right now people are counting off the best episodes and lessons we've learned from this popular comedy about 9-to-5 life. In the sports world, there's one very obvious tie-in: Ryan Howard.
Being a baseball blog, most of our readers associate that name with the Philadelphia Phillies slugger. But Ryan Howard was an "Office" character played by B.J. Novak (also a co-writer for the show) who rose from a temp to a corporate vice president and fell back down the corporate ladder. Howard, the baseball-playing one, actually appeared on "The Office" recently, a bucket-list cameo for a show approaching its end.
It's been said the Ryan Howard character was named after baseball player, since the show takes place in Scranton, Penn. When it was being conceived, Howard was playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. So, in honor of "The Office's" series finale, here's a look at Ryan Howard, the baseball player vs. Ryan Howard, the office worker:
The Phillies got the shit kicked out of them by "Charles" Bronson Arroyo. Then things went downhill.
On a perfect Friday night for baseball, the Phillies beat the Reds with good pitching and good hitting. Is that how baseball works?
At the season's 1/4 mark, how are the Phils doing on key team stats compared to last year, and compared to the Reds? Phils hitters among the leaders (few and far between), and chasing milestones, including the record for consecutive solo home runs.
Jimmy Rollins has been a slow starter for much of his career. It looks like we're seeing the same pattern this year.
Cole Hamels threw a lot of pitches very quickly in another example of what happens when an offense can't pick you up.
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