Finally what we know really happened about the middle of last season, was made official by the Red Sox on Wednesday night. The most make, over-inflated, bullshit sellout streak in the history of sports ended.
This really was the biggest sham in sports with all those empty seats last summer into last fall. If I’m Cleveland, I contest they still have the streak. If I’m the Trailblazers, I KNOW I still have the streak.
Interesting question asked on the midday show with Gresh and Zo yesterday, “What was your favorite memory during the streak?”
My favorite memory was right before. Not to take away from the Championships (both WON on the road), the no-hitters, the walk off home runs, the walk off wins, the Varitek/A-Rod brawl, the Don Zimmer tossed to the ground by Pedro game, the memories go on and on.
But like I said, mine came before the streak.
I had just moved back to MA from a brief hiatus in CT. I was working a schedule at the time that had me home early enough we could be in Boston by 7PM for a game. We drove into Boston in the spring of 2003 and caught a game against the Blue Jays. Thing is, we didn’t have tickets. We were just going to buy at the box office, because you could.
We ended up getting tickets from a scalper right outside the park that sold us front row (so we thought) seats up in the heavens. Nope, we had field box row three. But the two rows in front of us didn’t show for the game so we sat on the right field line, right after canvas alley, front for for $30 a piece.
That’s what I like to remember. I like to remember the team that hosted Seattle when the Kingdome collapsed and they had $10 sit anywhere you want seats. I like to remember going to the Burlington Mall in college and grabbing a bunch of tickets right behind the Sox bullpen for $8 a piece. That’s the infamous game that was Ricky Trlicek’s last in a Sox uniform. I like to think I caused the team to trade him when he went crying into Duquette’s office.
I think the streak and winning brought in so many pink hats and rich business assholes that it wrecked the Sox for me. The Pats became that when they opened Gillette and the Bruins are becoming something similar since they’ve won the Cup.
I’m not saying I miss my teams losing, I certainly don’t. I just harken back to better times when you could see a Sox game for $10, a Causeway Day was only $60, and you could freeze your ass on aluminum benches at Foxboro for $50. I guess there’s a price for all the winning…