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New York Yankees claim LeBron James’ fandom ahead of series with Cleveland Indians

ALDS: New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game 2

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 05: Fans of the Cleveland Indians hold up a sign that reads “No LeBrain’s” in reaction to, NBA superstar LeBron James (of the Cleveland Cavaliers), support of the New York Yankees during Game Two of the American League Divisional Series at Jacobs Field on October 5, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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LeBron James framed his return to the Cavaliers around his devotion to Northeast Ohio.

So, LeBron has publicly aligned himself with Cleveland’s baseball team.

But with the Indians set to begin a playoff series against the New York Yankees, the Yankees sent a reminder:

In 2007, during his first stint with the Cavs, LeBron infamously wore a Yankees hat to a Yankees-Indians playoff game in Cleveland.

He seems to still be a Yankees fan, but I don’t expect him to be as overt in his rooting interest this time around. It’d work against his branding.

But the Yankees clearly aren’t letting LeBron’s fandom go understated.