OAKLAND, Calif. — OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for first, and did it again with a celebratory whipped cream pie covering his face. Then, once more for the cheering home crowd as he left the field responsible for another improbable Oakland walkoff win.
No doubt Vogt will cherish this moment for all it was worth. Thanks to him, and fellow rookie Sonny Gray, the Athletics headed to Detroit tied with the Tigers 1-1 in their best-of-five AL division series.
This spring, the catcher sat for six days in Durham, N.C., wondering about his baseball future. He didn't make the Rays' opening-day roster and figured to start the season at Triple-A.
Fast forward six months and he's a playoff star.