Los Angeles Angels : AL West Champions

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the 2014 American League West Division Champions

The Los Angeles Angels started the season, dropping three straight to the Seattle Mariners at home.

It was a sudden replay of 2013 all over again. Sadness, disappointment, despair... all things that were a reality just six months earlier, when the Angels season ended on a poor note.

However, the Angels ended the month of April going .500, and showing that they could at least compete with high level teams.

Then came the All-Star break, when the Angels were sitting in second place in the AL West by a few games, but could not seem to track down the Oakland Athletics.

Just a month later, August 12th, the Angels trailed the Athletics by four games in the AL West, and began something magical.

Over the next 34 games, the Angels picked up 15.5 games on the A's and were in a spot to clinch a division title for the first time since 2009.

On September 17th, the Angels took a 12 game lead in the division after defeating the Mariners, 5-0. The team sat, waiting, with fans in the stands, for the end of a game that would decide their October plans for 2014.

The A's imploded in the top of the ninth inning that night, allowing the Texas Rangers to take an extensive lead that the A's couldn't match in the ninth, giving the Angels the AL West Division Title.

Beer and champagne was sprayed erratically on fans, teammates, coaches, media, all in good fun and celebration.

For the Angels, it was a miracle run that is just in the middle stages. The ultimate goal, as noted by many Angels players and coaches, is still a World Series title, and this is just the beginning of their run.



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