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Ben Cherington on sellout streak: ‘It ends tonight and it was a great run’

04.10.13 at 6:02 pm ET

Speaking before the Red Sox‘€™ game against the Orioles, general manager Ben Cherington commented on the news that his team’€™s sellout streak would be coming to an end Wednesday night.

‘€œWe know that part of the reason it’€™s over is because we failed last year. So we take that on us and take responsibility for that,’€ said Cherington of the run, which dated back to May 15, 2003, and lasted 794 regular-season games (820 including the postseason).

‘€œHopefully the focus of this is a remarkable run for our team and our fans. I remember a lot of pretty miserable, cold April rainy nights everyone sat through. For it to last as long as it did is amazing. So it’€™s on us to make sure the place is filled and start a new one at some point.’€

When asked if the run might have been helped with an offseason of acquiring more high-priced players, Cherington referenced the ‘€™03 team that kicked off the streak.

‘€œWhen the fans really started showing up and selling out the place, I guess we had some star level players, but it was really about the team winning as a collection of personalities,’€ he said. ‘€œIf we put together a good team, a team that plays the right way and wins, the place will be full. It’€™s too good a baseball town. People care about the team. We’€™ve tested their faith the last 1½ years or so. As we said before, it’€™s on us to earn it back. Hopefully we earn that slowly but surely, knowing we still have some more work to do.’€

Cherington also took time to reflect on what made the streak possible, and how a new one might be some day built again.

‘€œAt the end what we’€™re trying to do is put together a team people want to see. Of course it’€™s reflection of work by the entire organization,’€ the GM said. ‘€œIt’€™s partly the team’€™s success. It’€™s partly what ownership has done in the ballpark, what Larry and others have done in terms of services fans get. It’€™s really a collective effort that resulted in that run of sellouts. And ultimately credit to the fans themselves, showing up day after day like that is amazing. Hopefully we’€™ll start a new one. I know the work that needed to be done to start a new one has started. It ends tonight and it was a great run.’€

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