"I've done too much in this town to have that kind of stuff," Howard told Philly.com. "If you want to yell out 'You suck,' that's whatever. But when you start throwing stuff, that's when stuff gets personal. …
"To me, that's crossing the line. It becomes a security issue. It's not necessary. That stuff infuriates me."
Howard is hitting .151 this season and is hitless in three pinch-hit opportunities in the four games since Tommy Joseph has taken over at first base. But Howard was a catalyst in the Phillies' 2008 World Series run. He averaged 44 home runs per season from 2006 through 2011 before he tore his left achilles in that year's NLDS.
The 36-year-old first baseman will return to the Phillies lineup against the Cubs, manager Pete Mackanin said after Saturday's loss.
Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.