Sellout Streak: The End is Nigh

The Boston Red Sox have been the hot ticket for nearly a decade now: the team has sold out every home game since May 15, 2003. The total surpassed 700 consecutive games in 2011 but was not a guarantee to continue through 2012.

September’s collapse, combined with the departures of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona, the large amounts of money tied up in the so-far disappointing John Lackey, Carl Crawford, and a two seasons watching the playoffs on TV left fans without much to look forward to in 2012 besides a rebound. The excitement the preceded 2011 was nowhere to be found.

Watch any NESN broadcast and they are pimping tickets like made during commercials. A few years ago it was necessary to be a member of Red Sox Nation, Rem Dog Nation, Hot Dog Nation and more to get the latest word on when tickets MIGHT be available (at face value – always tons on Stubhub) for even the lowliest of games.

Today marks what is likely the end of the sellout streak: A Google Offer for Red Sox tickets:

Google Offer Red Sox

This doesn’t mean the streak will end, but the Red Sox are getting having to sell tickets during the season that used to sell out in December and January.

The last night of the Red Sox Dynasty may have been Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, but the magical run the team has been on since 2003 will end for good when the sellout streak finally bites the dust.