Had the A's not celebrated a Hollywood ending and won their division, the most remarkable baseball story in Bay Area baseball Wednesday would have been the National League batting championship that Buster Posey won with a .336 average.

Posey went 0-for-2 in a 5-1 loss, which ended the Giants' regular season at 94-68, and became the fourth catcher in the league's 137 seasons to win the batting title. He is the first since the Braves' Ernie Lombardi in 1942, and the first Giants player to take the crown since Barry Bonds in 2004.

To do so, Posey had to return from a crushing leg injury and dominate at the plate while playing the most physically demanding defensive position. That he started 29 games at first base along with 111 behind the plate helped him stay fresh enough to complete the feat.

Also, Posey would have finished second had the league not accepted a petition from disgraced teammate Melky Cabrera to withdraw. Cabrera finished at .346.

"It's amazing. It really is," pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said after watching his catcher take the title. "It's amazing considering how beat up those guys get out there, battling aches and pains, foul tips off their shoulders and hands, not to mention the ones that hit you in the facemask and rattle your brains a little bit."

After the game, the team gathered to present a gift to Posey, who called it "special."

"You're with these guys every day the past eight months. It feels good to enjoy this with them," he said.