Ortiz has unquestionably been the Red Sox best and most consistent hitter in 2012 and his resurgence has helped to pick up some of the slack that slow starts from Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez have created.
On May 9, cherished Boston-area radio man, Carl Beane, went off to work in Western Massachusetts to fill-in at WARE-Radio in Palmer -- a small, rustic town near Sturbridge. He went off in the morning but didn't come home.
Once the Red Sox break the streak, and odds are they will if they continue to measure sellouts the way they currently do, it will just be one more piece of the franchise that their ownership company can merchandise and market.
Twenty years ago in Detroit, I told fellow Tiger Stadium Fan Club member Tom Derry that I felt sad that I had never seen a game at Comiskey Park, longtime home of the Chicago White Sox, before they tore it down.