Red Sox Will Come Clean And Admit Sellout Streak Is Over Tonight, Despite The Fact It Really Ended On May 2nd, 2012. How Nice Of Them.

Last season, it wasnt uncommon to see tweets like this coming from the Red Sox official twitter feed:



And like this:



And who can forget this article from Boston.com:
At 9:35 p.m. Wednesday [May 2nd] in the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland A’s, the Red Sox cut off ticket sales at Fenway Park with an estimated 300 seats unsold, according to a Globe gate-by-gate review and interviews with team executives.

At 10:19 p.m., the Sox announced the game was sold out. Seconds later, they said they had extended their sellout streak to 723 games, the longest in the history of Major League Baseball.

But had Fenway Park really sold out all 37,495 seats?

The answer, it seems, depends on how you define “sellout.’’

In a sequence of events that raised questions about the authenticity of the prized streak, the Sox stopped selling tickets for the game first at the ticket office on Yawkey Way when the game began, then at Gate E an hour later, and finally at Gate A deep into the game, with a sales clerk telling a Globe correspondent at each closing that tickets remained available.

To me, that was the day the sellout streak ended. May 2nd, 2012.  That was the day that the Boston Globe caught the Red Sox lying about their sellout streak and exposed them as phonies. It may have ended earlier, but this is the first hard evidence we have of it ending.  On that day, we found the proverbial smoking gun.

But tonight, they will admit that it has "officially" ended.  Its pretty symbolic that they chose the second game of the 2013 season to stop lying about it.  There seems to be a shift in the culture of this organization, from top to bottom.

They have a real manager, they have players who play like they actually give a shit and they have a front office who isnt obsessed with public image--they dont sign big-name free agents just to make a splash anymore and they dont lie about ticket sales.  This season has been so friggin refreshing.

The fact that the sellout streak will end at 794 games must really burn Larry Lucchino's ass though.  They fell 20 games shy of breaking the Portland Trailblazers record for a North American professional sports team.  The Trail Blazers sold out every home game from April 9, 1977, to November 16, 1995 for a streak of 814 consecutive games.

Id like to meet the person who told Larry to come clean, and stop the bullshit charade, so I can shake his/her hand then turn around and give Larry a nice golf clap.  A nice, slow golf clap.