The Nationals became the first team to clinch their playoff spot Sunday afternoon. After the Nats beat the Phillies 3-2, hundreds of fans stayed at Nats Park to watch the Braves walk off the Marlins in the 11th inning to make the Nats NL East champions.
Tie game in Atlanta. Nats Park reacts... pic.twitter.com/HIRbmwDQ1k— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) September 10, 2017
Nationals players stayed and watched in the locker room, running back out onto the field after the Braves-Marlins game ended.
First. pic.twitter.com/VO8VXjbopp— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 11, 2017
DC stands for Division Champs. pic.twitter.com/xb7ReFcbdj— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 10, 2017
Then the team wasted no time popping champagne in the locker room.
Max Scherzer: "Here we go boys! Welcome to the postseason!" pic.twitter.com/Zjdx2eA8pM— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 10, 2017
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?! pic.twitter.com/3XQiLSe1R6— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 10, 2017
Dusty Baker did his best to give a postgame interview - "They earned it. Everybody contributed from top to bottom."
Sept. 10 is extremely early to clinch a playoff spot (the earliest in MLB history is the 1975 Reds on Sept. 7) and this is the second season in a row the Nats have been NL East champions. Maybe this is a good sign for the postseason.