Red Sox sellout streak snapped

Red Sox Nation came up short Wednesday night at Fenway Park. And
we’re not talking about honoring Rico Petrocelli.

After 794 consecutive sellouts — 820 if you include the
postseason — the venerable venue failed to fill as Boston
hosted AL East rival Baltimore.

The official attendance for Wednesday’s 8-5 loss to the Orioles
was 30,862 — capacity for night games is 37,493.




As of 10:36 a.m. ET, people were still able to purchase tickets
for the game in the coveted Green Monster seats.

The last time Fenway wasn’t officially considered sold out
— that means tickets sold, not fannies in actual seats
— was May 14, 2003.

Grady Little was the Red Sox manager. And just to make it clear
that this has been gory as well as glory, Little was one of four
men to manage the team during the streak (Terry Francona, Bobby
Valentine and John Farrell).

The streak began when the Curse of the Bambino was in full
force. And it reigned through not one, but two World Series titles
for Boston. The first was hailed by a team full of
“idiots” who loved drinking their Jack.

And who can forget Pedro Martinez firing up the Fenway faithful
in 2003, throwing ancient Don Zimmer to the ground in another round
with the hated Yankees.

But that was a mere appetizer compared to how the Red Sox
whetted their fans’ appetites for destruction the following season,
becoming the first MLB team to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win
the ALCS, beating the Yankees and eventually Boston’s first World
Series since 1918.

It’s been a great run as the venue keeps growing — the
Monster seats, Conigliaro’s Corner — and still maintains its
unique feel.

In addition to being a haven for baseball purists, Fenway was
the site of the NHL’s Winter Classic in 2010 — the Boston
Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime. Plus, it has
played host to sold-out summer concerts since 2003.

One local act even made the Green Monster part of its
performance during one of the concerts.

And nothing summed up a Fenway summer more than Bruce
Springsteen’s entrance in 2012.

The run of 820 broke the record of 814 set by the NBA’s Portland
Trail Blazers. Boston’s streak of 794 regular-season sellouts also
is the longest in major pro sports history. The previous longest
regular-season streak in MLB history was 455 set by the Cleveland
Indians from 1995-2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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