The A's always had their eyes on an AL West championship this season. They had dreams of popping champagne after years of disappointment in the AL Wild Card Game.
Thanks to the Houston Astros losing 6-1 Monday night to the Seattle Mariners, the A's clinched their first AL West title since 2013. A's players couldn't party as they hoped to before COVID-19 concerns hit the country, but they still found ways to cheer and celebrate inside their respective hotel rooms in Los Angeles.
They also became big Evan White fans, too.
The A's couldn't watch the Astros/Mariners game yesterday all together, obviously, but they were talking on group chat and could hear cheers from other rooms in their LA hotel when Seattle won.— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) September 22, 2020
"A lot of people were giving some shoutouts to Evan White," Chad Pinder said.
White, the Mariners' rookie first baseman, hit a huge three-run homer in the seventh inning off Lance McCullers Jr. to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.
A cinematic masterpiece starring Evan White. pic.twitter.com/oE0OittHo0— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 22, 2020
The A's entered Tuesday 33-20, good for the No. 3 seed in the AL. They're currently set to face the Astros (27-27) in the first round of the playoffs, which would be one intense series.
Oakland hasn't won a playoff series since 2006, but it certainly could be the A's year in this shortened season.