The A's didn't make the playoffs, but two former fan favorites won the ultimate prize for the very first time.
Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt and longtime coach Ron Washington are now World Series champions after they and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.
For both Vogt and Washington, their first World Series championship was a long time in the making.
Ten years ago, Washington was one strike away -- not once, but twice -- from winning the World Series as the manager of the Texas Rangers, but the St. Louis Cardinals had other ideas and ended up prevailing in seven games. Serving in multiple coaching capacities over his lengthy tenure with the A's (1996–2006, 2015–2016), Washington came fairly close to winning it all a few times with Oakland, but finally checked that box off Tuesday night in Houston.
As one of Atlanta's backup catchers, Vogt did not play in the series against the Astros, but he surely is celebrating as much as anyone. After nine seasons with six different teams, Vogt finally can call himself a world champion.
It was a disappointing season for the A's, but surely many players and fans are happy for Vogt and Washington. Of course, it probably didn't hurt that their World Series victory came against the rival Astros.