The Yankees and Braves always had large fanbasses because in the past Cable sucked and those teams were all some people had access to. As a kid growing up they were the only teams I could see play.
That is another reason Notre Dame had fans all over the country. Before cable, they were the only team on Saturday TV. I can't stand ND.
I understand what you are trying to say, but before cable, I was still able to see a majority of Tigers games on local TV, and I live in a backwoods community, and the Tigers spent many years as one of the worst teams in baseball.
What I was complaining about was the fact that most people who root for the Yankees where I'm from aren't real baseball fans or are fair weather fans. Or in this day and age of Sportscenter, people who seem to root for players rather than teams. People who wear Yankees hats because they like A Rod and not because they care about the team as a whole.
The part that really makes me mad is that I think MLB would like to see the Yankees in the World Series every year, because the advertisers will give more money. And that's what sucks about pro-sports in general. It's not about good teams anymore, it's about which teams will give the most exposure and earn the most profit. That, and sports seem to be all about offense these days. Gone are the glory days of football, hockey, and basketball, where real men beat the crap out of eachother for a couple of hours. But I don't even want to open that can of worms right now.
That turned into a rant, I apologize.