Red Sox Battling Attendance Drop, With Only 20 Sellouts Despite On-Field Success
The Red Sox have only "had 20 sellouts all season," but figures have "recovered somewhat attendance-wise from early in the season, and now are down about 2,900 fans per game from last year," according to Nick Cafardo of the BOSTON GLOBE. Attendance at Fenway Park for last night's game against the Orioles was 31,962. Cafardo: "Not chopped liver, but really, what's going on here?" The Red Sox are "involved in a tight race" in the AL East, but "had to advertise $20 seats the last two games." This from an organization that "had a long sellout streak with some teams that weren't this good." The new school year began this week in some areas, but that "never stopped the sellouts before when things were good" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/29). In Boston, John Tomase writes, "Fans just aren't that into these Red Sox." The passion "once considered par for the course now feels perfunctory." Last night's game against the Orioles was not a sellout, despite the fact that this is the "most exciting Red Sox team in maybe the last decade." The Red Sox "may very well rank No. 3 behind the Bruins" in terms of popularity in Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 8/29).