Chief operating officer Sam Kennedy said he expects more non-sellouts this month, but said, “I think we’ll do over 30,000 on those days.” He also said the team will not change the formula for determining sellouts, which is tickets sold plus standing room only minus empty seats. Kennedy said, “That’s something we inherited from the early 1990s and which many others sports franchises use to determine their sellouts.”
Attendance Wednesday night was 30,862, the smallest crowd at Fenway since a game April 29, 2003, against the Royals that drew 30,438.
Only David Ortiz was around the day the streak began on May 15, 2003.
And Ortiz, who will begin a rehab assignment in Pawtucket Thursday, was not at the ballpark to see it end. Pedro Martinez pitched six scoreless innings in a 12-3 victory over the Texas Rangers that night.
You can call it bogus, but it was something for a sports organization to be proud of.
Now it’s time for everyone to move on.
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