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And Down the Stretch They Come!!!

This time every year, we hear the likes of Greg Amsinger, Joe Buck, and Karl Ravech talk about the "Races" in Major League Baseball. Sometimes, said races are a foregone conclusion. The leaders have run away from the pack and are enjoying some stress-free games, giving their exhausted players a chance to rest and ready themselves for one last march on the battlefields of October.

At other times, the races are fevered and frantic! Two or more teams take their games up several notches, play through the hurt, and check over their shoulders at the out of town scoreboard.

These races are the playoffs for the Postseason and nowhere is the race more exciting this season than in the American League East.

As a Yankee fan, with my club sitting on top of the division at the moment, I enjoy watching Tampa Bay make the entire Red Sox Nation sweat. The series this past weekend was intense. You could actually see some of the pre-2004 angst back in Boston. The players seemed to be pressing at the plate and the Rays had a "we have nothing to lose" vibe, helping them take the series in an extremely tough building to win in…especially in the fall.

Now, I'm not insane. I know that the Yankees have a long way to go with little over a week to play in the regular season. The "Panic" being felt all over New England today could just as easily make its way down to The Bronx if the Yanks hit a skid.

Tampa Bay is crashing the party in a big way. They are showing that the Red Sox-Yankees feud is not written in stone. If they continue to play inspired baseball, the Sox and Yanks could be battling to see who will join the Rays in the Postseason.

I love and hate to see this in the same breath. For the Bronx Bombers, it must be like standing near a volcano as it erupts…sure it's dangerously beautiful…but make sure you leave yourself some getaway time, boys!

The race is on! The Rays, Sox, and Yanks will give us a show, there is no doubt about that…but who will be on stage for the curtain call and who will be exit stage left?

Tweet me @mikeyoh21 and let me know what you think.

This time every year, we hear the likes of Greg Amsinger, Joe Buck, and Karl Ravech talk about the "Races" in Major League Baseball. Sometimes, said races are a foregone conclusion. The leaders have run away from the pack and are enjoying some stress-free games, giving their exhausted players a chance to rest and ready themselves for one last march on the battlefields of October.

At other times, the races are fevered and frantic! Two or more teams take their games up several notches, play through the hurt, and check over their shoulders at the out of town scoreboard.

These races are the playoffs for the Postseason and nowhere is the race more exciting this season than in the American League East.

As a Yankee fan, with my club sitting on top of the division at the moment, I enjoy watching Tampa Bay make the entire Red Sox Nation sweat. The series this past weekend was intense. You could actually see some of the pre-2004 angst back in Boston. The players seemed to be pressing at the plate and the Rays had a "we have nothing to lose" vibe, helping them take the series in an extremely tough building to win in…especially in the fall.

Now, I'm not insane. I know that the Yankees have a long way to go with little over a week to play in the regular season. The "Panic" being felt all over New England today could just as easily make its way down to The Bronx if the Yanks hit a skid.

Tampa Bay is crashing the party in a big way. They are showing that the Red Sox-Yankees feud is not written in stone. If they continue to play inspired baseball, the Sox and Yanks could be battling to see who will join the Rays in the Postseason.

I love and hate to see this in the same breath. For the Bronx Bombers, it must be like standing near a volcano as it erupts…sure it's dangerously beautiful…but make sure you leave yourself some getaway time, boys!

The race is on! The Rays, Sox, and Yanks will give us a show, there is no doubt about that…but who will be on stage for the curtain call and who will be exit stage left?

Tweet me @mikeyoh21 and let me know what you think.