With the addition of two extra Wild Card spots, 2012 marks the first year in the history of Major League Baseball in which 10 teams had something to celebrate at the end of the regular season.
Some even got to celebrate twice. The Oakland Athletics punched their tickets to the postseason after the first win in the final series against Texas. After pulling off an improbable sweep of the defending AL West and American League champs, Oakland claimed its first division title in six years and gave the fans something to go crazy about for the second time in three days. At the other end of the spectrum, the Rangers didn't feel much like celebrating their Wild Card berth of losing Game No. 162.
Unfortunately for the Baltimore Orioles -- who clinched a playoff spot last week after Texas eliminated Los Angeles -- they didn't get to celebrate on their home field, or any field for that matter. Instead, they were on a plane that caught fire when they clinched.
But with that said, scroll down to watch how each team celebrated their playoff berths.