Tuesday October 25th, 2016

Despite his roots in northeast Ohio, LeBron James didn’t grow up an Indians fan. And while he’s pulling for Cleveland in the World Series, he explained Monday that he’s still a Yankees fan. 

“I’m a supporter,” James said, according to the New York Post. “I’m a supporter of winners. 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. I liked them because they gave me hope of being a winner. That’s part of the reason I loved those teams but I definitely support what the Indians are doing right now.”

In 2007, LeBron caused a minor stir by wearing a Yankees hat to a playoff game against the Indians in Cleveland. The Indians won that series but lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS. 

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He appeared in a video released by the Cavaliers on Tuesday wishing the Indians luck in the World Series. 

The first game of the World Series coincides with the Cavs’ first game on Tuesday night. James and his teammates will receive their championship rings about a half hour before first pitch across the street at Progressive Field. 

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