Jersey Monday: Ryan Howard

Well, the calendar has almost turned to March, and Spring Training is well underway, so I thought it might be a good time to change things up and showcase a baseball jersey from my collection.

I picked up this Ryan Howard Phillies road authentic on eBay during the 2008 World Series, when the Phillies were facing the Rays. At the time, I already had a Rays jersey, and I wanted to be able to say I had the jersey of whichever team won it all -- something I can say every year in the NFL and almost every year in the NBA (specifically, every year since 2005), but almost never in MLB.

The weird thing is, as a Mets fan, I hate the Phillies, so I don't think I've worn this jersey since that series. Normally, I'd be upset about spending so much money on something I barely got any use out of, but either this is a bootleg jersey or I got the steal of the century, because I bought this for just about $20. For reference, an MLB replica jersey goes for about $100, and an authentic is about $250 or so.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.