Phillies Notes: Howard takes Bonds’ advice, swings with it

During the off-season,

Ryan Howard participated in some workouts with

former Giants slugger

Barry Bonds. They met for lunch in August when

the

Phillies traveled to Los

Angeles.

They have become friends. The two kept in touch occasionally as

the season progressed. So, naturally, with the

Phillies taking on Bonds’ former

team, it was time for another chat, right?

“No, not yet,” Howard said Friday. “I may give him a call and

see what’s going on – talk some trash, maybe.”

In all seriousness, Howard said he appreciated his time with

Bonds, baseball’s all-time home-run leader.

“He was great at getting the point across,” Howard said. “I

understood everything he was saying.”

The former San Francisco slugger’s best lesson was: Don’t fret

over the little things.

“As far as the shift was concerned, if you hit a line drive to

the second baseman and he’s playing in shallow right field,

basically, why are you upset?” Howard said. “What did you do wrong?

The guy threw the pitch and you hit the ball and hit it hard. He

just happened to be in the right position. Basically what you do is

go back up there and try to do the same thing, try and hit a line

drive and hit it over him. Next thing you know, it will go over the

fence.”

Same lineup

Charlie Manuel stuck with the same lineup for

Game 1 of the NL Championship Series that he used in the final two

games of the division series. That meant

Jimmy Rollins was hitting sixth and

Shane Victorino was leading off.

Manuel said he kept Victorino at the top because the

Phillies have been winning with him

in the leadoff spot. The manager also remains unsure about Rollins’

ability to steal a base. He does not believe the shortstop is fully

recovered from a hamstring injury.

Extra bases

Vice President Biden – an ardent

Phillies fan – was in attendance for

Game 1. After

Roy Halladay’s perfect game and no-hitter,

Biden called the

Phillies pitcher. . . . Former

Phillies pitcher

Tom Gordon is in town working the series for

Sirius XM radio.