I never realized how difficult it is to root against the A's until today. My 6-year-old son is a member of the Menlo Park pitching-machine Little League Yankees (he was drafted by the Yankee manager after a tryout, most of the kids his age are still in T-ball so he was probably one of the last kids picked, but he's improving). The little Yankees are pretty cute in their NY hats and jerseys, especially when they put black under their eyes.
Today was their first game against the little league A's, which isn't a very good team by league standards. (If your defense can make an infield out half the time, you're a good team.)
The Yankees got up early, 10-1. I felt sorry for the A's, who haven't won all season. They kept blowing plays on the infield. Suffice it to say I changed my rooting interest to the A's, much to my wife's displeasure, though of course I kept rooting for my son. The A's made a comeback and the final score was respectable, Yankees 16, A's 11.
The game reinforced to me how powerful the A's colors and logo are, I had to try to force myself to root against them before heading back to my green car with a buff colored leather interior.
Has anyone had any similar experiences in kids' baseball?