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Howard reflects on two appearances on Letterman

CHICAGO -- David Letterman announced his retirement from late-night television this week.

It would be a highlight for anybody to appear as a guest on the Late Show, normally reserved for actors, actresses, musicians and politicians. But Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has appeared on the show twice: once as a guest in April 2007, months after being named 2006 National League Most Valuable Player, and once to perform the Top 10 list from the Phillies dugout during the 2010 postseason.

"It was a great experience, just being able to go in there," Howard said Saturday morning. "It was a lot of fun. A lot of fun. I really don't remember too much about the questions or anything like that. I just liked the whole experience."

Howard's Top 10 list was Reasons to Watch the Baseball Playoffs. No. 8? One lucky viewer will win a free Tommy John surgery. No. 7? We just had the Phillie Phanatic clipped, wormed and neutered.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Joe Popely is an associate reporter for
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