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PHILADELPHIA -- Theres a reason why Ryan Howard was limping around the field. Cheap Swingman Cavaliers Jerseys . The Philadelphia Phillies slugger needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least six to eight weeks. An MRI on Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery hasnt been set. "It could have been much more significant damage," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We dont want any of our players on the DL. But we know what it is and its treatable. Hopefully we can get him back in time to play this year." Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably hobbling during games before he was shut down. He said he continued to play through the pain because he thought he could perform. "We have to take care of it," Amaro said. Howard played his first game last season on July 6 after tearing his left Achilles tendon making the final out in the 2011 NL division series. The 33-year-old first baseman has been on a steady decline since signing a $125 million, five-year contract extension on April 26, 2010. Howard averaged 50 homers and 143 RBIs between 2006-09. He hasnt hit more than 33 or driven in more than 116 runs since then. Darin Ruf, who hit 38 homers at Double-A Reading last year, replaces Howard. Ruf had been playing left field in Triple-A. Howard is the latest star player to land on Philadelphias disabled list. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz missed significant time and Roy Halladay remains out after having shoulder surgery. Backup catcher Erik Kratz had surgery for a torn meniscus on June 12 and already has started a rehab assignment, so hes ahead of schedule. "Hopefully we will have the same sort of time frame, but everyones knee is different," Amaro said, comparing Howard to Kratz. "We can only speculate the length of how long it will take to get him to rehab. Well shoot for the conservative one and hope he comes back faster." Wholesale Cavaliers Jerseys . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. Cheap Cavaliers Jerseys China . The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aarons autograph and a "40th Anniversary" banner. http://www.cheapcavaliersjerseysauthentic.com/ . - Derek Wolfe says hes finally healthy after suffering a seizure in November that doctors now believe was related to the spinal cord injury he suffered in the preseason. My story isnt particularly special. Sometime around 1988 or 89, my mother took me and my sister out of school on a Friday afternoon to go to a Cubs game. My parents were never big sports fans -- still arent -- but someone gave my mom tickets, so she thought she would treat us to a ballgame. It was the only Cubs game I went to as a kid.I never shared Cracker Jacks with a grandparent or learned how to keep score from my dad. There are no photos of me in a high chair decked out head-to-toe in Cubs gear. That spring day, I didnt know the players names or even all the rules, but from then on I was a Cubs fan, and Wrigley Field would forever be the standard by which Id judge all baseball stadiums. (If youre wondering how the rest are faring -- theyve all paled in comparison.)My fandom grew organically, without the urging of family or friends, until I was officially hooked. I discovered that sports were as fun to watch as they were to play, and that loyalty to a team was a powerful feeling. Now, here I am, living and dying with every pitch, traveling across time zones to watch my team make history.There are thousands of others with stories far better than mine. Many people shared photos and memories on social media this weekend after the Cubs clinched the NLCS?against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I reached out to a few to ask about their stories.Theres 41-year-old Michelle Vitellaro, who learned to love the game through her grandfather, Ted Zielen. He was one of the famed Andy Frain ushers who patrolled the aisles of Wrigley in their signature blue and gold uniforms. Vitellaro spent the summers of 1982 and 83 hanging out with her grandpa and sitting on the dugout, where she developed her first crush, on power hitter Dave Kingman. Years after Zielens death in 1983, she followed in his footsteps, taking a job at Wrigley Field, where shed eventually meet her husband. On Friday, she placed a W flag at Zielens grave in anticipation of Saturdays big game.Katie Day, 31, also fell in love with the Cubs while watching with her grandfather. Dan Schlesinger attended the teams most recent Worldd Series, in 1945, and passed away with a Cubs hat on his head in 2010. Cheap NBA Jerseys. Days brother wore that hat when the Cubs clinched the series against the Dodgers. The next morning, ?Day went to her grandfathers grave to share flowers, a National League championship flag and the news of their win. Heres what she posted:Sunday also found Maria Vala, 52, visiting the resting place of a loved one. She brought Old Style beers to share with her father, Giannino Vala, who passed in 1998. She reminisced about summer days when hed come home from work midday, taking extra-long lunch breaks so they could watch Cubs games together.Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, 59, brought an old black-and-white photo of her father, Bernard Pep Feigenholtz, to Wrigley Field on Sunday morning. The man responsible for her love of the Cubs died in 1965, but she wanted to take him on a victory lap of the Friendly Confines so he could witness the magic.All of us Cubs fans witnessing the magic of the teams first World Series appearance in 71 years know how lucky we are. When we settle in to watch Game 1 on Tuesday night, we know well also be watching on behalf of all the players and fans who have come and gone before us.Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper joined my podcast this week and talked about how being a fan of the Cubs feels different than any other fandom because of the through line that connects us.The great thing for [Cubs fans] is that it does mean more than just watching your team play, said Kasper. It means your great-grandparents, your grandparents, your kids -- everything that is involved. It just touches every part of your life.The only connection todays Cubs players have to the players of the past is the Chicago on their chests, but the fans who have experienced a century-plus of disappointment are one and the same. When the team finally wins it all, Northsiders will celebrate not just for themselves, but for anyone who has ever loved the Cubs. 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