Just six days remain in the regular season. While the Minnesota Twins grabbed an early spot, the rest of the divisions have been decided except for the American League East and the National League West. Both the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, however, have clinched a playoff berth, leaving only the National League West and the National League Wild Card undetermined.
When only a handful of of teams make the post season, it amplifies the importance of making the playoffs. This week we saw many teams secure a playoff spot, and we saw many different ways that they celebrate the achievement. However, the use of some sort of goggles seem to be a popular accessory for many players.
Check out some of the photos below from celebrations around the league this week.
CC Sabathia wore Space Jam-inspired Jordan cleats to win his 21st game and grab a Yankees playoff berth.
Making the playoffs is the norm for the Yankees, though, as this year makes it 15 in the last 16 seasons.
Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays takes no chances when it comes to eye protection.
David Price and Matt Garza decided to share the celebration with the Rays fans.
A small number of dedicated Tampa Bay Rays fans stayed to celebrate the team’s playoff berth.
The Texas Rangers took the group hug approach after clinching the division.
The Rangers also were prepared with protective eye wear, some of them at least.
The Philadelphia Phillies went all out with back-to-back-to-back personalized labels.
Cincinnati outfielder Jay Bruce’s walk off home run was the most impressive way to clinch.
The Cincinnati Reds began their celebration on the field . . .
The fans knew where the celebration was headed, and even had some encouraging words for St. Louis fans.
The Reds were thirsty after ending a 15-year playoff drought.
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