Ryan Howard finished 2nd behind the more deserving Albert Pujols in the MVP race. How received 12 first-place votes to Pujols 18 and finished 61 points behind Pujols overall. Brad Lidge finished 8th and Chase Utley finished 15th.
Listen, I know we all want our guys to win individual awards, but across the board, Pujols was more deserving. Yes, Howard is a better hitter, but Pujols also hits 450 foot line drives. Without a doubt, he is the best hitter in baseball, which was demonstrated by his .653 slugging percentage.
We received the award that matters most.
In other Ryan Howard news, he was seen getting a fair amount of private dances at the Lou Turk's strip club in Essington. Dan Gross of the Daily News reported,
A LOYAL FRIEND kept people from taking cell phone pictures of Ryan Howard as he hung out Wednesday night at Lou Turk's (500 Pawhatton), a strip club in Essington. Not surprisingly, Howard attracted lots of attention from the topless dancers. Sources say the Phillies slugger spent a fair amount of time in a private dance area with one of the ladies.A nice little way to celebrate a World Series trophy.
We're told Howard was friendly to those patrons who could get past his hulking friend to say hello to the World Series champion.
On Friday, a co-owner of the club emphatically denied that Howard was there, which is not surprising, as many strip clubs keep their clients' identities quiet.