The Red Sox class A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, are trying to get youth leagues to get rid of the yankee teams in their leagues. The Lowell Spinners have offered to pay for all new uniforms for teams that change their name to the Spinners from the Yankees.

In a message on the Spinners’ Web site, general manager Tim Bawmann said many children in New England are devastated when they are assigned to be on a team called the Yankees. “When you are a kid playing baseball it is pure fun, and worrying about what team you are on should be the least of your concerns,” he said.

They are also offering to allow any team that changes its name to come play a game on their field during the next year. I find this fairly humorous; many leagues have already gotten rid of the Yankee teams (or the Red Sox teams in New York) due to the rivalry, and this is just an attempt to get the rest to follow suit.

Maybe I am out of touch, or when I was a kid maybe I would not have cared enough, but I just can’t see being devastated to have to play on the Yankee team in a kid’s league. Apparently it is a problem, though. Or, at least, it makes for some great publicity and increased ticket sales.