It’s Sunday. There’s no real Phillies news to discuss, and there’s no Eagles game to hold our attention (After the last two weeks, that might be a blessing.) So why not take a look at another old commercial starring a Phillie?
I’m not sure what year this commercial from Subway aired, but I’ll guess it was from around 2008 or 2009:
Ryan Howard was an MVP and World Series winner, and he had a winning smile, so it made sense that a company would want him promoting their restaurant. But I’m guessing if he had to do it all over again, Howard would have probably asked to be doing something, anything besides hanging out with Jared Fogle.
Fogle introduces Howard as a home run champ, and Howard is nothing if not confident.
The two of them are clearly going for a “Tastes great/less feeling” vibe as they debate if the best thing about Subway is “More meat” or “less fat.” Fogel attempts to win the argument by telling Howard that his defense is underrated.
That should have been a huge red flag right there. Ryan Howard’s defense has never been underrated. According to Baseball Reference, his defense was actually rated well in his rookie season of 2005. But after that, it went downhill fast. By his final few years, it felt fortunate if he was even able to field throws from the infielders.
Anyone who lived through those years will know that the eye test matched the numbers. Just watch this awfulness:
As soon as Fogle said those words, the FBI should have been investigating him, and he should have immediately been put on watch lists.
If Subway and Howard really wanted to clear their names after this debacle, they’d have a commercial where Howard announces the return of $5 footlongs by singing the classic jingle.
Make it happen, people!