They combined forces the other day when the Times printed an interactive map of baseball fandom across the country based on preferences listed by Facebook users and provided to the paper by the social media giant.
You can find a link to it here: http://nyti.ms/RSSHuv. You should check it out, play with it and see where Yankees fans give way to Mets fans and where a tiny enclave of White Sox fans is surrounded on all sides by Cubs zealots. You can see where the Padres are pinned in by the Mexican border to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Angels and Dodgers to the north and the desert to the east.
But at least the Mets, the White Sox and Padres have an area where they are the dominant force. The A’s don’t have that. Or at least that’s what the data seems to show.