With a strong performance from starting pitcher Jake Westbrook, timely hitting, and a solid relief effort, the Cleveland Indians clinched a well earned, well deserved Central Division Championship!
The sell-out crowd at Jacobs Field stayed on their feet inning after inning as they sensed the clinching of the championship!
Victor Martinez and Rafael Betancourt celebrate immediately after the final out of the game!
The Indians attained the title with contributions from everyone on the team. The never quit attitude of manager Eric Wedge and his team payed dividends in Cleveland this afternoon!
As they assembled in the locker room, it became immediately apparent that no one was above a champagne and beer dousing, especially as general manager Mark Shapiro was interviewed and received a whipped cream pie in the face!
By veteran outfielder Kenny Lofton's analysis, this was the wildest celebration he has ever seen. Television play-by-play announcer Matt Underwood noted that he had seen much calmer fraternity parties!
Once again, congratulations to the Cleveland Indians and the city of Cleveland on a much deserved championship!