OAKLAND---For the second year in a row, the Oakland Athletics are the American League West Champions.
Rather than winning the game and capturing the AL West title after the final out, the A’s found out mid-game that they clinched the division. After the Texas Rangers lost their game after they allowed a walk-off grand slam, the A’s were seen exchanging congratulatory hugs and handshakes in their dugout.
Oakland, behind rookie starting pitcher Sonny Gray, closed out the game, beating the Minnesota Twins 11-7. The A’s flexed some muscle in this game, with outfielder Coco Crisp, first baseman Daric Barton, and shortstop Jed Lowrie each going yard to plate four of the team’s runs.
Following the victory, the A’s gathered on the field to celebrate clinching the division. After a brief trip to the clubhouse, the players began to trickle back onto the field to celebrate with the fans. Players took bottles of champagne, spraying fans that lined the field waiting to be a part of the celebration. The players did victory laps, acknowledging the dedication of their fans. After sharing the moment with those who stayed, the A’s returned to the clubhouse to continue the celebration.
By clinching the division, Oakland will make their 17th postseason appearance and the 25th postseason appearance in franchise history.