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SRO Exclusive: Fenway Sellout Streak

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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.

FSS: (COUGH)

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.
Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday. 

 

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.