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New York Yankees Use LeBron James To Troll Cleveland Indians

The Yankees reminded everyone—especially the Indians—that Cleveland’s favorite son wasn’t always rooting for the home team.

LeBron James might be viewed as a hero in Cleveland, but back in 2007, he was a villian—and the New York Yankees were all too willing to bring that painful memory back up for the Indians only hours before the two teams go head-to-head in Game 1 of the ALDS.

10 years and a day ago—Oct. 4, 2007, to be exact—the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS by a score of 12-3. While it should have been a time for celebration for the Tribe, Chief Wahoo’s faithful were disgusted by LeBron, who stood in the crowd holding a Yankees hat above his head.

“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,” Adam Burke, who was waiting outside the left-field gate for Game 2, told the Associated Press (via ESPN).

Whether the Yankees emerge victorious in Game 1 of the LDS or not, they’ve already jumped out to an early lead in the trolling wars. Now, we wait to see if the Indians can answer in the bottom half of the inning.

I've been dunked on by Shaq and yelled at by Mickey Mantle. ESNY Editor In Chief. UMass alum. Former National Columnist w/Bleacher Report & former member of NY Knicks Basketball Ops department. Nephew of Rock & Roll Royalty.