But, would it work? I’m wondering. When the Expos were moving, one of the options being tossed around was putting a second team in Boston. Would Red Sox fans flee to the Expos? Not the die-hards, I’m sure. But, casual fans? Baseball fans? Would you drive past Expos Stadium to get to Fenway Park?
Or, what if it wasn’t exactly in Boston. When the Patriots were looking at moving (I know…imagine that) one option was Portsmouth, NH. The Air Force Base there had both the land required, and its own airport. What if the Expos moved there? Would every Red Sox fan coming down I-95 from Maine really keep driving another hour to Boston? Would Portsmouth residents really ignore the team in their neighborhood to stick with the Sox?
I think it would be hard for the next generation not to adopt the new team. I can see the parents sticking with the Sox, but the 8-year olds would have to wear the Expos jerseys. Especially if they were the “Boston Expos of Portsmouth.” So, I’d have to think that a new team in Brooklyn would have the same effect. The kids in Brooklyn would have to wear that on their jerseys. Eventually, the fans would trim some of the revenue away from the Yanks. Eventually, it would level the playing field for everyone.
Wouldn’t it have to?