There was no lack of joy in any corner of the A’s clubhouse Sunday.
But no one enjoyed the post-game celebration more than Josh Reddick, who spent the hour after the game running around in his superhero underwear that had shortstop Jed Lowrie smiling, shrugging his shoulders and saying “whatever works.’’
It was a personal moment for Reddick who did as much as anyone to push the A’s over the top. He had 16 hits in his last 33 at-bats (batting average: .485) in his last 10 games to provide one stable source of offense.
It was his triple that scored Brandon Moss from second base in the second inning to get the A’s on the scoreboard, and Reddick scored to make it 2-0 on a Stephen Vogt single moments later.
The A’s had lost two-thirds of their final 45 games before Sunday, but with Reddick pants-less and soaked in bubbly and beer, there was no better reminder that it’s a new season beginning immediately.
“I’ve been saying it for a month and a half, we get in and all that’s forgotten,’’ Reddick said. “Everybody and put it down the toilet and flush it right down the drain. We’re in. All we’ve got to do is worry about moving forward.’’
There were some tough moments for Reddick along the way, including going on the disabled list just before the All-Star break. After his return, though, the A’s saw some of the same hitter that they’d seen in his breakout 2012 season in Oakland.
From July 22 on he hit .294 with eight homers and 29 RBIs while playing run-stealing defense. It wasn’t enough to keep the A’s from having their grasp on the American League West race slip away, but it was enough to help get the A’s the Wild Card.
“We could have laid down and been upset about losing the division,’’ Reddick said. “but we still battled. We didn’t have the best finish in the world, but we got it done the last day, and that’s all that matters.
“All the naysayers and the negative vibes, they’re all gone now. We got in.’’
He shared the belief that bigger things are coming with Moss.
“The second half weighs on you, because we’re struggling, I’m struggling,’’ Moss said of the last seven weeks. “Now that that’s over with, with our pitching we have a really good chance here. Obviously we’ve got to go and face a very good team in Kansas City.
“We have a team that we can get hot together. We have a really special group. And that’s what it’s about. It’s not always the team with the best record that makes it to the end. It’s the hottest team. We’ve got a shot.’’