SRO Exclusive: Fenway Sellout Streak


SRO Exclusive: Fenway Sellout Streak

The Fenway Sellout Streak was born on May 13, 2003, in the shadow of a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. And in the months and years since, the FSS has been blessed with a life that most streaks can only dream of.

Nine years. Nine long years, over which the streak has experienced two World Series wins, six trips to the playoffs and one AL East crown. All things considered, its the longest and perhaps most decorated sell-out streak in U.S. sports history.

But as youre well aware, the Fenway Sellout Streak is dying.

Even worse, its suffering. For the last 16 months, the FSS has been hooked up to a ventilator in Larry Lucchinos attic. There, the streak is barely fed. Never sees the sunlight and has shriveled up into a barely recognizable clump of its former self. Those around Lucchino (as well as members of FSSs immediate family) have begged him to pull the plug, but he refuses.

Larrys lost his mind, a source close to the situation says. Hes torturing that poor streak.

Here at Standing Room Only, Im committed to telling the whole story. If nothing else, I dedicate my life to giving a voice to the voiceless. So with that, through a series of moles in the Red Sox organization, and with the help of a team of MGHs finest, I was able to coordinate an exclusive interview with the Fenway Sellout Streak.

It's the first and, Im told, last time that the streak will be speaking on the matter.

What follows is the transcript of our secret conversation:

Standing Room Only: First of all, Fenway Sellout Streak, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.

Fenway Sellout Streak: No, Rich. (cough cough) Thank you. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to tell my side of this tragic story. (COUGH)

SRO: Well then, I appreciate that. It wasn't easy, but I'm really glad that we could set this up.


SRO: Just my first question, I guess, is: Why now? Writers and reporters have tried tracking you down for years. Some have even called you the J.D. Salinger of sellout streaks. Why the sudden change of heart?

FSS: (Cough cough) I was scared, Rich. And I'm still scared. But I don't want to . . . (cough cough) I uhhh . . . I'm sorry. Please, what was I saying? (COUGH!)

SRO: You were talking about being scared.

FSS: Oh, right. I just don't want to be scared anymore. This has gone too far. People need to know what's (COUGH COUGH) happening over here.

SRO: So, please. Just tell me. What's happening?

FSS: I'm a (cough cough) damn joke! That's what happened. I was the greatest, Rich. I was the pride and joy of one of the best sports, ehhh, (cough cough) sports franchises in the world. I was the face of so much happiness among a (COUGH) fan base that struggled to be happy for so many years. I was on top of the world.

SRO: Do you still think about those times?
FSS: Think? I can barely stay conscious for more than 15 minutes at a time. I'm in so much pain. But I'm strong and smart enough to realize what I've become. I'm (cough cough) the face of everything the fans (COUGH) hate about this team. I don't want to be that streak, Rich. I deserve better. The fans (cough cough) deserve better.
SRO: OK. OK, streak. Listen, we've only got a few more minutes before Larry's bodyguards make their rounds, so let me just ask you one more question. Larry and the owners obviously don't know that you're giving me this interview, but they'll obviously see this once it's published. So, is there anything you want to say to the owners?

FSS: Please, just let me die. I don't know want to do this anymore. No one wants to (COUGH) do this anymore.
SRO: OK. And lastly, do you want to say anything to the fans?

FSS: . . . Just tell them I (cough) understand.

SRO: Thank you, Fenway Sellout Streak. And good luck.
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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.


Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.