Over the past six seasons, the Boston Red Sox have enjoyed much success in many ways. The group of new owners, headed by John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Warner, has been able to renovate and restore the historic Fenway Park while at the same time preserving its old-time charm. While increasing the capacity to just under 40,000 seats, the Sox themselves have enjoyed some of their most memorable seasons in franchise history capturing their first World Series Championship in 86 years in 2004, and then repeating the feat only three years later in 2007.
Now, a new milestone approaches that directly relates to the fans known as Red Sox Nation. On Wednesday, Sept 3, 2008 the Boston Red Sox will sell out Fenway Park for the 456th consecutive game, setting a new MLB record for most consecutive sellouts at any venue. The record, currently at 455 consecutive games, was set by the Cleveland Indians when they first opened Jacobs Field, now known as Progressive Field. “The Jake” sold out from June 12, 1995 until April 4, 2001 and at the time the record appeared to be pretty safe. And it was, that is until Red Sox Nation was born.
“The sellout streak is not a Red Sox record; it is a Red Sox fans record,” wrote Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino in an e-mail. “We try not to forget that. And we know a full house generates the electricity, excitement, spirit and noise that helps to motivate our players. Just ask them. It is but another reason Boston and Fenway Park is a great place to play Major League Baseball.”
Since 2003, the Red Sox boast a home record of 301-160 which is a winning percentage of .653, the highest in baseball over the past six seasons.
“You see what’s happening now, and you kind of figure it’s always been that way. We’re very fortunate,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I can remember coming here in April [as a player], when it’s cold or going to Wrigley. It’s not always been packed like this, so we’re fortunate. We play in a place where everything you do, there’s interest. Rather than complain, I guess this would be the flip side of it. Every game seems important. Day game after a night game, you need to show up and play, because there’s a lot of people that are going to come in here and care about how you play. That’s a good thing.”
The Sox currently find themselves in a race for the AL East division with the Tampa Bay Rays. Right now the Rays sit a top the East, leading the Sox by four games but the teams still have six remaining games against each other which will play a big part in where both finish in the standings. Fans will continue to pack the stands at Fenway right up until the last regular season series against Boston’s arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
It’s been an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan and things seem to be just heating up. Ace Ticket still has seats for this game. Don’t miss your chance to attend this record breaking event.