Apr 9, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT
All good things — and all somewhat contrived things which were effected via some slight of hand and promotional trickery — must come to an end:
Red Sox now strongly expect Wed to mark the end of the club’s decade-long sellout streak. Crowd in low 30K expected.
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) April 9, 2013
They’re at 794. I imagine at the beginning they were legit sellouts borne of crazy fan loyalty. The fans are still crazy loyal, but as the Boston Globe and others have reported, the streak has long been sustained by the team simply giving away tickets. Which counts per MLB’s attendances rules, but which sort of undermines the nature of what most people think a sellout streak represents.
Why anyone cares about either the streak or the nature of it is an open question, but it’s been enough of a thing over the years that marking its passing seems appropriate.
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