The Red Sox’ sellout streak likely ends tomorrow

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All good things — and all somewhat contrived things which were effected via some slight of hand and promotional trickery — must come to an end:

 

They’re at 794. I imagine at the beginning they were legit sellouts borne of crazy fan loyalty. The fans are still crazy loyal, but as the Boston Globe and others have reported, the streak has long been sustained by the team simply giving away tickets. Which counts per MLB’s attendances rules, but which sort of undermines the nature of what most people think a sellout streak represents.

Why anyone cares about either the streak or the nature of it is an open question, but it’s been enough of a thing over the years that marking its passing seems appropriate.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).