The Rays still have two games head-to-head with the Yankees and hold the tie-breaker should the two teams finish tied at the standings. But that didn’t stop ESPN.com from declaring the race over with a piece titled, “And that’s the AL East race, folks“…

Nothing more to see here. Move along…Technically, there is more to see — two more games between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays here this week, 19 games combined for the teams after that until we wrap up the 2010 regular season Oct. 3 — but that is what it felt like Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium…Under a glimmering harvest moon, the Yankees reaped a win over the Rays that seemed as if counted for more than just one game in the standings. It felt like game, set and match.

In addition to the

head-to-head matchups (including Price-Sabathia II), apparently ESPN.com hasn’t looked at the reamaining games for both teams. While the Rays have 10 games with the Mariners, Orioles and Royals, the Yankees have six with the Red Sox. And don’t think the Red Sox wouldn’t love to play spoiler during the final two weeks.

ESPN may be messing their drawers in anticipation of a Yankees divisional title, but this race is far from over.

 
 

14 Comments

  1. These are the same clowns that were predicting a two team race between Boston and New York all off-season (how’s that Javy Vasquez domination working?).

    Beat New York!

  2. Cork, I think you are reaching here with the picture. I know it is just a generic shot of ESPN’s baseball people, they are not the ones who wrote it. That piece was written by an assclown on ESPN’s NY site, which panders to the lowest common denominator of NY fan. Notice that line that the Yankees are odds on favorites to win 1 of the next 2? Where is the proof? It was a slanted piece and the lowest form of pandering journalism, and shouldn’t have been on ESPN.com at all, but considering what ESPN wants to do with the regional markets, it fits.

  3. Don says:

    They’re trying to be first to predict a “death” (Rays)…we will know after Thur Night!

    • We will know the day they lose a playoff series (if ever).

      • Namirsolo says:

        If you watch baseball tonight at all, all season they’ve been downplaying the Rays and only talking about how great the Yankees are. There are more Yankees fans, so ESPN pretty much just wants the ratings. The Rays were third in their power rankings almost the entire year behind the Rangers and the Yankees and it didn’t’ change until the Rays beat up on the Rangers. And the Yankees continued to be first even after the Rays won the last series 2-1.

      • Don says:

        I guess all in your view…2nd to the Yankees is “death”
        to me…squeaking into the playoffs is “ok” with some!

  4. Beth says:

    As much as I hate the ESPN NY/NE bias, I have to admit they have a point. The Rays have played these last two games as though they were a 4th place team waiting for the season to end. Giving fodder to the Yankee coronation procession is one of the things that is so aggravating about this series for Rays fans. It’s hard to get outraged about ESPN dissing our team when our team acts like it’s given up already.

  5. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Why is this surprising? The whole world wants the Yankees to win, so why should ESPN be any different?
    No one believes in us. And that’s fine by me.

  6. Caity says:

    I hate ESPN, They have zero respect for the Rays and it’s about damn time they do! The Rays are a really good team but it seems like they always talk down about him. Cork, thanks for pointing this out.

  7. I noticed this last night, if you look at comments section you’ll see most Yankees fans admit this is far from done because of the final 10 games of each teams schedule.

  8. Sean says:

    This is kind of a stretch dude, the columnist was some moron who writes for ESPNNY. What the heck else is he going to write about? Giving the Rays respect? Not until we’ve won 27 bro, you know the drill.

    You’ll be seeing apologists blaming the rain delay for the loss (“AJ was settling in and then the rain delay came so that’s why they lost, etc., etc.”)

  9. NostraDennis says:

    SHame on the Rays for not following the script the networks and sportswriters have been reading from since April. Division champs? The YankMes have the rights to that simply because they exist.

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