MLB’s Red Sox see sell out streak end at 794 games
After 794 consecutive regular season games the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night saw their streak of sell out games end. Fenway park the Boston Red Sox home stadium holds 33,000 but due to rain only 30,862 showed up to see the Red Sox take on the Orioles Wednesday night. It was a game in which Boston lost 8-5 to the Orioles. The Red Sox streak begin on May 15, 2003 and lasted 794 regular season games and 820 if you include the post season.
Still, the Red Sox have managed to do what a lot of teams could only hope to do, a streak such as this just shows how faithful Red Sox fans are to their team. One could have expected such a streak to come from a team such as the Yankees but this time it is from their rival the Red Sox.
So, will a streak such as this ever be matched, if it happened once it can happen again even if by the same team. The question is how long will it take before such a streak no longer stands and Boston or another team comes close or matches. It is a streak that may stand for some time and one that involves sports franchise’s knowing how to get fans to games.
“I think the word that comes to mind is grateful. Those of us that have been in baseball a long time know you don’t get this in most markets. To have the type of fan support we’ve had this decade is remarkable,” Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy said.
Also, the Boston Red Sox not only hold the record for sell out games in baseball but in professional sports as well as they passed the NBA franchise the Portland Trailblazers. The Trailblazers who held the record at 814 consecutive sell out games which includes the post season. On another note, before the Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians held the record at 455 between the years of 1995-2001.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield said this of his former team’s sell out streak, “When we were playing, I think we just expected it [to be sold out] every night. Winning really sells seats, too. So we had some great runs there in the early 2000s until I retired. I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
-Kelly J Newson