Drinking up the stinky celebration: Outfielder Jonny Gomes takes a sip from the ceremonial cup of champions after the Rays finally clinched the AL East title on Friday. Tropicana Field plans to capitalize off of this by serving beer in commemorative athletic supporters throughout the Rays' playoff run. [Big League Stew] • Ryan Howard isn't even close to being the MVP: "Albert Pujols is having one of the best seasons of his career, which is really saying something, considering his career 169 OPS+. Ditto Lance Berkman with a career 148 OPS+. Howard is having the worst season of his career. It would be an insult to any baseball fan with a grasp of logic if Howard wins the NL MVP award (or even the Silver Slugger). That means, of course, to buckle up and put on a helmet to protect yourself from the barrage of bad votes to be cast by the BBWAA." [Crashburn Alley] • That's not amore: San Fran doesn't want Lasorda at Italian-American parade: "We can't have Tommy Lasorda come to San Francisco for the Italian American parade," she told the [San Francisco Chronicle]. "He's like enemy No. 1 right now. If you don't think this is important, you should move to L.A." [Deuce of Davenport] • In Indiana, that's a sign of respect: "Police arrested Lucas Widdicombe after someone sitting near him said he had a cup, and “he had urinated in the cup and was going to throw it at Ball State fans.” [Busted Coverage]