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Fun While It Lasted: Red Sox' Sellout Streak Set To End Tonight After Nearly A Decade
Published April 10, 2013
SECONDARY FACTOR: In N.Y., Ken Belson cites TiqIQ data as indicating that it does "not help the streak that interest has dipped on the resale market, where the average price of tickets for the home opener at Fenway Park fell to $171.68 this year, about half what they cost for the home opener last year." Fans could have "paid as little as $63 to see Monday’s game, down from $103 last season." The prices for tickets to tonight's game have "fallen faster." TiqIQ data indicated that fans can "find tickets for as little as $12 for that game, about 75 percent less than the cheapest seat for the second home game of the season last year" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/10). In Boston, Steve Buckley writes the "few empty seats you'll see tonight -- as well as tomorrow night and beyond" -- are a reminder the Red Sox need to "earn your trust all over again." Those empty seats "represent casual fans who in the recent past" would have gone to a game like the one tonight (BOSTON HERALD, 4/10). Meanwhile, the HERALD's Gerry Callahan writes fans will "see how the next 155 games go," but even if the Red Sox "don’t win 95 or come close to a division title, there was something commendable and worthwhile about the offseason efforts of Ben Cherington and the Sox front office." They "know they probably won’t win the World Series," but that "doesn’t mean they can’t win back the hearts and minds of their disillusioned customers." The end of the sellout streak is "perfect," as front office execs now have to "earn their way back in front of a full house." If they "fail, the baseball world will be laughing at the Red Sox all over again," but "so far, so good" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/10).
GAME OF CHICKEN: Baseball HOFer Wade Boggs said that he and his agent have approached Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino and Owner John Henry "about a public relations role with the Sox" similar to the one the late Johnny Pesky had. Boggs said, "We gave them a number, they gave us a number, and neither number worked. It was very time-consuming for not a lot of money” (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/10).