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Indians celebrate their second consecutive AL Central championship

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You don’t clinch a division without popping a few dozen champagne bottles.

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians are your 2017 American League Central Division champions for the second year in a row.

The division was technically clinched last night, when the Minnesota Twins Twins’d their way to a 7-2 loss, but the Indians were nice enough to wait until today to celebrate. They started with a pre-game flag raising ceremony, including some words from Terry Francona that will either pump you up or prove once and for all you don’t have a working heart.

From there, the Indians went on to beat the Kansas City Royals and Eric Hosmer (god yes, defeat Eric Hosmer all day), for the 11th and final time this season. I assume they were going to celebrate anyway, but it sure was nice to win and not awkwardly celebrate a clinch after a loss. This was also the first time since 2007 that the Indians have clinched at home, which is nice. Although celebrating in Detroit last season was nice in its own petty kind of way.

Progressive Field was home to some t-shirt tossing:

And some champagne. So. Much. Champagne.

And my favorite thing to come from all of this is Trevor Bauer giving fans a call to action to continue coming out to games throughout the postseason with a surprise cameo or two.

Also worth noting, it appears Bauer has a camera on his head again so we’ll get another awesome first-person account of the celebration like we did last season. And we’ll hopefully get one next season. And the season after that. And the season after that. And...