Monday, September 8, 2008

Red Sox sell out 456th straight game at mini-ballpark Fenway

The Boston Red Sox set a record, selling out for the 456th consecutive game Monday night. The streak began on May 15th, 2003.

It's an impressive record, don't get me wrong, but lest we forget this tidbit that the SI.com article mentioned, way down the page, where most people have stopped reading:
"Fenway has the smallest seating capacity in the majors, 36,984 for day games when two sections of the centerfield bleachers are covered with a black material to help the hitters' background. It seats 37,400 for night games."
In contrast, every other team in the American League seats at least 40,000. The Mets, Dodgers, Braves, Rockies, Blue Jays and Yankees all seat over 50,000.

I'm not trying to diminish Boston's record - of course I am, who am I trying to fool? - but a sellout in Boston is a bad draw at Yankee Stadium. But I guess that's what gives Fenway Park all its charm.

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