Does the name Ryan Howard conjure memories of gigantic, towering home runs? Opportunistic advertising? A gigantic grin?
Unfortunately, it's just been a parade of disappointing plays and big ol' whiffs at the plate as of late.
Howard's 2016 season is just two months old, but things are starting to fall apart for the veteran.
His defense isn't hurting terribly, which is cool. For reference, check out this play he made just Tuesday night.
Howard's offense, however, is a different story.
In May, Howard batted a brutal .106. His batting average on the season (.156) is lower than Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (.200) and nearly as bad as Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (.154).
It's been a frustrating month for the big guy, and it's all led up to this.
(Well, not really that. He lost control of his bat after a swing. But you get the idea.)
In short, this is bad.
(We're going to pretend he says "this is bad" instead of "this is big.")
Howard was one of the few pieces from the team's World Series-winning golden days who didn't find a new home for the 2015 season. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins started his 2015 season out in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, and second baseman Chase Utley joined him there mid-season. Then pitcher Cole Hamels was jettisoned to Texas.
Now, with the Dodgers and Rangers competing while Howard and the Phillies flounder, it's become harder and harder to watch what will likely be The Big Piece's final season in Philadelphia.
(Different Ryan Howard, same feeling.)
But you know what's weird? Howard isn't even in the top 10 of the league in strikeouts this year. And he's still tied for the team lead with eight home runs.
Because of how passable he looked in the first month of the season -- 15 hits, five home runs, and 10 RBI -- his numbers, batting average aside, aren't dismal for a 36-year-old on the decline.
Still, Howard's precipitous dropoff, paired with one of the worst offenses in baseball, has the Phillies sliding real fast. The Phils were the league's feel-good story of the season in April, but they're just 2-9 in their last 11 games and have regressed to playing .500 ball for the first time since April 26.
All told, this season has been one to forget for Howard, and fast. Maybe it's time for him to move on, either from the Phillies or from baseball altogether. It's been a tremendous ride for Howard and Phillies fans.
Still, watching it end this way has been brutal for all involved.
Something tells us Ryan would much rather be eating Subway sandwiches. What say you, Ryan?