Martin Brown always wanted to go to Ruth's Chris Steak House in Center City, but always had more prudent ways to spend his money.
However, thanks to Ryan Howard's fourth-inning home run last night, Brown can go ahead and make reservations.
Howard's blast off the leftfield foul pole made Brown, of Elkins Park, the latest $1,000 winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest.
First he'll get his car inspected, then fill it with gas and then head down to Ruth's Chris.
"I'll get a nice porterhouse steak, a baked potato with sour cream and chives, and a glass of wine, of course," Brown said chuckling. "I'll let them recommend a brand."
The Phils' recent offensive explosions have left several Daily News readers eating prime cuts lately. Brown was our third $1,000 winner over the last nine games and seventh of the season.
Six other contestants won Phillies Gift Packs last night. The list:
Frank Nettis, Philadelphia
Brian Flaherty, Philadelphia
Tim Young, Philadelphia
Arthur Esterling, Philadelphia
Dorothy Opitz, Philadelphia
Bonnie Gold, Philadelphia
The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batters fail to hit a home run receive a gift pack, which includes a variety of Phillies-related items.
This season, the Daily News has paid out $7,000. You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM). *