ARLINGTON — There’s been so much focus on how young the Guardians’ roster is this season. So along with a typical champagne celebration, what’s more fitting than a pizza party for a young club that just clinched the American League Central?
Oscar Gonzalez and Cal Quantrill were bringing in boxes of pizza as other guys were getting doused in champagne. José Ramírez, Amed Rosario and Emmanuel Clase were dancing and taking selfies on the far side of the clubhouse. Triston McKenzie, Gonzalez and Quantrill all turned the protective plastic on the floor into a Slip ‘N Slide like an elementary school field day.
It’s a celebration that embodies exactly how Cleveland clinched its first division title since 2018: Embracing its youth.
“What’s wrong with being young?” starter Shane Bieber quipped.
The Guardians have proven the answer to that question is: Absolutely nothing. With youth came plenty of doubts, and now the club has become the ultimate underdog of the 2022 season.
After an Opening Day loss to Kansas City, FanGraphs projected Cleveland to win 77 games, with just a 6.4% chance of winning the American League Central. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field and the youngest roster in the Majors clinched the division title when the White Sox fell to the Tigers about 17 minutes before the final out of Cleveland’s 10-4 win over the Rangers.
Maybe Cleveland never doubted the success it could have this season,…