Re: What would it take for fans to stop selling out fenway?
posted at 2/3/2012 10:55 AM EST
In Response to Re: What would it take for fans to stop selling out fenway?
[QUOTE]You know, for all the talk about 86 years of losing...what did that do? It created the most passionate, knowledgable, loyal fan-base in ALL of baseball. I know, that's just terrible. WHY would ANYONE want to go back to those dark, dark days? In 1966, the RS were 8th out of 10 in attendance. They drew a whopping total of 811,172. We outdrew the Senators and the Athletics. Both teams promptly abandoned their cities.
Posted by Joebreidey[/QUOTE]
That was 45 years ago
Little about baseball from 45 years ago is relevant at all now. You can't compare stats side-by-side for hitters or pitchers. You can't compare salaries. You really can't compare attendance numbers.
By the 80s/90s and into the 2000s, the Sox, though a perennial bridesmaid, became arguably the most popular team in the sport.
Should I be proud that in two straight seasons of under 90 wins, they sell out every game? That's not fan loyalty, that's fan ignorance and stupidity.
Last series of the season, the Sox are about to get bounced from the playoffs, they are blowing a lead late....and 30k+ fans belt out "Sweet Caroline" in the midst of this historic collapse. That's a stadium full of clueless pink hatters, not fans.
I don't need a $75 dollar fenway book, I have a piece of the Monster facing that was replaced in 1978 coutesy of the Jimmy Fund. I have pictures, stories, memories and newspaper clipping spanning 3 generations and 90+ years.
Henry and Co. are milking everything they can. They had these plans laid out before their bid to buy the team was even accepted. Watch now, as season by season, the salaries go down, down, down....it shouldn't be a surprise. This is the same group that splintered the Marlins IMMEDIATELY after winning a ring. I guess I should be thankful they have other avenues to bilk money before taking the red eye out of here some night, because this is not going to be a good team when they bolt.