Wait, is LeBron James now a Los Angeles Dodgers fan?
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar, who just won his fourth NBA title, has a fickle relationship with his baseball loyalties. James has long claimed to be a fan of the New York Yankees.
“I’m a supporter of winners,” James told the New York Post in 2016. “As a kid growing up, I needed inspiration to get out of the situation I was in. I loved the Bulls, Cowboys and loved the Yankees. Those are winning franchises.”
But looking at his timeline, supporting winners might be a matter of supporting who is winning at the time.
Here’s a look:
2007 American League Division Series — New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Yes, James is from Akron, Ohio. Yes, he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the time. No, that didn’t stop him from rooting for the Yankees in the playoffs.
James caused quite the controversy when he showed up in the stands of Game 2 of the ALDS with a Yankees cap. The Indians won that series but lost in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox.
“The guy is the face of Cleveland sports and he’s not even rooting for a team that’s 100 feet from the building he plays in,” Indians fan Adam Burke told the Associated Press that night.
2016 World Series — Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs
By this point, James had gone to the Miami Heat, won two NBA titles and returned to Cleveland. In four seasons in Miami, he never got the chance to root for the Miami Marlins, presumably because the Marlins were not good at the time.
But, back in Cleveland, James was a few months removed from erasing a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and defeating the Golden State Warriors to deliver the Cavaliers their first championship.
The Indians were in the World Series facing the Cubs with both teams trying to end excruciatingly long title droughts.
James and the Cavaliers received their championship rings the same night that the Indians hosted Game 1 of the World Series. After appearing in a suite with Cavs teammates during the playoffs, James and teammates, with rings on their fingers, were again in attendance for Game 2.
By Game 7, the Cubs had rallied to tie the series. James, with Cavaliers Richard Jefferson, Kevin Love and JR Smith were there.
In some irony for James and Cleveland, the Cubs did to the Indians what the Cavaliers had just done to the Warriors: Overcome being down 3-1 in a series to come back and win a championship.
2017 American League Division Series — New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
Another playoff run for James’ favorite team and his other favorite team. Whichever it is at the time.
This time around James stayed neutral. During Game 1 of the ALDS, James and Cavaliers teammates Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson and others were at the game. James was not wearing gear supporting either team.
According to the New York Times, James was just wearing red, as the Indians had instructed fans to do.
James would leave the Cavaliers for the Lakers after that NBA season.
2020 World Series Game 1 — Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
And here we are at the current series.
The Dodgers looked great in Game 1, winning 8-3, with a dominant pitching performance from Clayton Kershaw, a huge home run from Cody Bellinger and an all-around amazing game from Mookie Betts.
LeBron was here for all of it.
As “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” says, “it’s root for the home team.”
Must just depend on which home you’re in at the time.
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