September 10, 2008
Congratulations to the 2008 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who not only just clinched the American League West with a 4-2 win over the Yankees, but also just answered the age-old debate as to whether there's a worse way to clinch your division while in front of a road crowd.
The answer would be a big yes with the competition coming when you're sitting in your home clubhouse, watching the Mariners beat the Rangers, long after *most* of your home fans have left and are sitting on the freeway.
You know, it's a little like sending your friends home from a party you're throwing, only to have the guy in the ape suit (or, in this case, a Rally Monkey suit) show up two hours late with a few cans of silly string.
What adds to the bittersweet is that they could have celebrated on the field in front of the Yankees.
So let's help the Angels celebrate until they can get back to Angels Stadium tomorrow and celebrate with the rest of their own fans before they can play the compliant Mariners. We'll have plenty of special Angels coverage tomorrow and in the month ahead, but for now let's all just join in a slow clap for the first team to clinch a postseason berth in 2008.
UPDATE: Kudos for the few hundred fans that stayed after the game and stuck it out to celebrate with their Halos. While I'm sure they would have preferred a more dramatic last out to clinch the division at the end of the nine innings, this looks like a pretty memorable celebration, too.