At age four, I taught my niece Edanne, now six, to say "I love the Yankees. I don't like the Red Sox. I love Derek Jeter" and I bought her a kid-sized Yankees cap. Any time Jeter hits a home run, I make a point of letting her know that he hit it for her.
My proudest Yankee moment with Edanne was learning that she had defended the Yankees to a group of pint-sized Cubs fans at a birthday party. She went there happily in her blue Yankees cap and her support of her team shows that she has the spirit of a true Yankees fan.
My younger niece, Lily, aged two and a half, doesn't firmly grasp the concept of baseball. Yet. However, I have gotten her on more than one occasion to say "Go Yankees", which she says as "Go Bankees." I have snapped some very cute pics of her in my Yankees hat, including this one...
My third niece will be born in June and I look forward to buying her a Yankees onesie and singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" as a lullaby. It's good to be an aunt.