This just in: Ryan Howard will be on Late Show With David Letterman tonight. That's CBS3 at 11:35 p.m. The Big Piece will read Dave's Top 10 list -- "Top 10 Reasons to Watch the Baseball Playoffs" -- via satellite from Citizens Bank Park. Dave thought about having Charlie Manuel do it, but said he wasn't sure if Charlie could read. No he didn't. I said it, and it's a cheap joke, and we all love Charlie more than anything.
Sample reason to watch: "We just had the Phillie Phanatic clipped, wormed and neutered." Good thing Dave's not trying to make it to the World Series of comedy. Howard looks adorable in his civvies, with that $125 million smile.
Coverage of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Phillies and the Giants, starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and it should be a pitching duel for the ages, working-man Roy Halladay, who throws strikes that nobody can hit, vs. hippie Tim Lincecum, who throws balls that look like strikes that nobody can hit. Keep those bats on your shoulders, Phillies.