AL East: Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Other

Over the weekend, The Worldwide Leader In Sports put it up to a vote:

Which team will win the AL East?

Five teams in the division, therefore five voting options. Or so you’d think. Instead, and please click to embiggen:

Yep, only four options:

Yankees
Red Sox
Rays
Other

Other? Other.

According to ESPN, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays barely exist. They certainly don’t matter. Now, I know the Orioles are half a team in a good year, but, as a supporter of the Blue Jays, I took this one personally. Where’s the love?

Actually, I wasn’t looking for love from ESPN. I was looking for acknowledgement. Some respect. The Blue Jays won 85 games last year; four fewer than the Red Sox. And if I can be brutally honest: No fan wants his or her team lumped in a group of two with the Orioles.

My emails and phone calls in protest to the highest levels of ESPN got the job done. The laziest of polls, I can no longer find it over at ESPN.com’s SportsNation. I like to think it’s been erased from the Internet forever, and that the person in charge of creating it is, as I requested, out of a job. Other? We won’t stand for Other in Canada.

One more thing (embiggen!):

As of early Saturday morning, other than New York State and Wyoming, and tiny Connecticut*, the American people had spoken: Red Sox.

New York State I understand. Wyoming, not so much. What’s the deal, Wyomingites?

*Oops.



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jaywrong
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jaywrong

Well, it was only 8 people in Wyoming. Maybe it’s the new Florida?

And as a person who lives on the beltway Virginia side, but born in Baltimore, I have to say, I would like to protest you not wanting to be lumped in with the O’s. Even though the city is ugly, broken, and a place that I never want to go… wait, I see your point.

NicKid
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NicKid

So, you’re lumping in Rhode Island with New York State? Sweet irony. I’m not sure they’ll stand for that, either.

Fangraphs, please remove Navin from his job.

Annoying Grammar Guy
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Annoying Grammar Guy

That’s Connecticut.

NicKid
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NicKid

Ha, woops. CT, sorry.

Mac
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Mac

Now that’s comedy. Maybe we should just file all those tiny New England states into one category as well.

New ESPN poll
What’s your favorite Northeastern State?

New York
Pennsylvania
Maine
Other

Chris
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Chris

Where’s the Connecticut love/respect?! Won’t they be pissed to be lumped in a group of three with Wyoming and New York?! lol

Navin V.
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@ jaywrong: I’m glad we’re on the same page.

As for Connecticut, it was a test. You all have passed.

Leo Martin
Member

Wyoming is one thing and one thing only: an insufficient sample size. I’m not sure it’s even technically a state.

Navin V.
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I won’t lie, Leo, this was the first time I’d ever heard of Wyoming.

Mac
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Mac

Ever tried to list all fifty states from memory (yay for road trip games). Wyoming will always be that last state you can never quite come up with.

Matt Defalco
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Matt Defalco

A poll previously created to last year’s all-star game… probably certainly from ESPN or some other network….

“From which division will the player come who will contribute the most to his team’s victory in the all-star game:

AL East
AL Central
AL West
Other”

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042

haha ironically, the NL won that haha!

Mac
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Mac

After five minutes of internet research, I’ve no idea why Wyoming shows o much Yankee love. But I did find that this wasn’t a one-time occurrence:

http://giambismustache.blogspot.com/2009/01/sorry-wyoming.html

They also voted for the Yankees in 2009.

ccb
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ccb

Actually, Wyoming is IN New York.

Wyoming

That would explain it, IMO.

Blu
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Blu

Wyoming, like New York, had ADHD and just picked the first option in the poll. Why were the Yankee’s listed first? Alphabetical by team name, alphabetical by state, there is no reason for them to be first. Despite pollster bias, the Red Sox nation prevails!

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042

i think it’s more: “despite the fact that the red sox have a massively better team, a state besides NY (in new england no less!) voted for the yankees.”

this is coming as a HARDCORE yankees fan. it’s just true: the red sox have a much better team… on paper. only playing out the season will tell for sure! :P

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