OAKLAND, Calif. — Wearing a gold robe and swim goggles, bearded right fielder Josh Reddick ran around the Oakland Athletics clubhouse guzzling beer as bubbly sprayed in every direction.
A.J. Griffin grabbed anybody he could to dance with in the middle of the room. Manager Bob Melvin stood in the hallway and stayed dry for a while, just smiling and soaking up the scene.
His T-shirt said it all: “We Own The West.”
Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had a solo shot and the A’s wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7 Sunday.
“The only bad part about this is our clubhouse is going to stink for about two weeks,” Reddick said.
Oswaldo Arcia homered and drove in six runs for Minnesota. But the Twins were just the latest team the A’s turned into a footnote during another scintillating September run.
The A’s clinched their 16th division crown and 25th postseason appearance when Texas lost 4-0 at Kansas City during the game.
The A’s scored six runs in the second inning and one in each of the next five to set the stage for their own celebration.
Evan Scribner struck out Josmil Pinto swinging for the final out. The A’s sprinted out of the dugout, jumping around in their gold uniforms to turn the infield into a blur.
For the A’s, it was a far-less dramatic scene than a year ago, when they won the AL West on the final day of the regular season by beating Texas to complete a series sweep.
“I think last year we surprised a lot of people,” third baseman Josh Donaldson said. “I think this year we’re an all-around better team and we feel like we belong.”
The A’s had the fourth-lowest opening day payroll at about $65 million.
Still, the A’s emerged as the team to watch this October in the Bay Area while the San Francisco Giants — winners of two of the last three World Series titles — sank out of the postseason picture.