Their eyes were fixed on the Blue Jays' game against the White Sox and their cheers were reserved for Toronto. When the Blue Jays pulled off a win in their season finale against Chicago, Cleveland's players erupted in cheers.
Cleveland will end the 2011 season in sole possession of second place.
"I heard them," Indians manager Manny Acta said with a grin. "I heard all the oohs and ahhs and all the celebration. It's gratifying in a way. We were disappointed that we didn't make the playoffs, but we shifted gears and placed importance on finishing second."
Receiving bonus money in the form of postseason shares for placing second does not hurt, either.
Following Toronto's win, the players cheered and shouted as they headed down the hall and back to the visiting clubhouse. Inside, someone turned on a stereo and a stream of songs with money-related lyrics began blasting throughout the room.
"We call it 'Pride plus 10,'" said Acta, referring to playing for pride, but also roughly $10,000 per player. "I'm glad we got it."