That’s probably what many across the Delaware Valley were thinking on Saturday when Howard optimistically said he’s capable of playing 162 games and hitting 58 home runs again.
Howard, the guy who is 34 years old, who has played 151 games the last two seasons, and has hit 58 home runs over the previous three seasons, thinks he’s capable of playing 162 and hitting 58 in one season?
Unrealistic? Maybe. Confident? Definitely.
And that’s the great thing.
No one knows Howard better than himself, and the fact that a giant smile flashed across his face on Saturday while saying he has two legs and his swing is coming back, should be music to the ears of Phillies fans.
Howard’s left leg became a nightmare the past two seasons. Significant injuries to the Achilles and knee of his oh-so-critical power side turned the Big Piece into the Broken Piece.
But Howard says he’s no longer broken and his left leg — his power source — is back.
"I feel like I can play 162 games," Howard said. "My whole offseason was dedicated to trying to play all 162, plus trying to make it to the playoffs. My goal isn’t to come out here and try to play 120 games. That’s not why I play baseball.
"Am I capable of hitting 40-plus home runs? Absolutely. If I doubt myself, nobody else will believe in me. I feel I’m capable of hitting 58 home runs. I did it once. I feel that I’m capable of doing that every year."
Why would Howard say it if he didn’t truly believe it?
There's the saying, "Actions speak louder than words."
But, right now, Howard’s words are better than nothing.