Almost every fan has a primary team, of course. But we also all end up playing favorites when we flip through the channels, or end up watching a lot of another team when our own is on a down year. (There probably weren't a lot of baseball fans who didn't pick sides during the epic Yankees-Sox battles of the early aughts, for example.) Below, an evaluation of each contending American League team's potential for spontaneous, secondary fandom.
The Boston Red Sox
The Detroit Tigers
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