Red Sox officials said Tuesday that unless something unusual happened, the team’s sellout streak at Fenway Park would come to an end Wednesday.
The vaunted streak reached 794 games (820 counting the postseason) when the Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, in their home opener Monday. But a crowd of around 30,000 — about 7,000 short of capacity — is expected Wednesday.
Team president Larry Lucchino predicted in February that the streak would end early in the season and repeated that last week.
The streak is the longest in baseball history. The record for a major league sports team in the United States is 814 by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-95.
The Sox last failed to sell out a home game on May 14, 2003, when a crowd of 32,485 saw a victory against the Rangers. Outside of David Ortiz, every active Red Sox player has played only before sellout crowds at Fenway.
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