Do you remember when the Indians played in Municipal Stadium? That old blue colored building that sat on Lake Erie. Both the Browns and Indians played ball there.
Dick Jacobs had bought the Tribe and had sold part of the team's share on Wall Street (Though it didn't seem, this brought in a lot of revenue). In 1993 Jacobs developed a new Gateway plan that would build three new stadiums in downtown Cleveland, each to host one of the towns biggest sports teams.
Art Moddell, owner of the Browns wanted nothing to do with paying for a new stadium, when he could just renovate the rust bucket on the Lake(Modell had some MAJOR financial problem and couldn't afford a new stadium so he moved to Baltimore).
Once the plan was set Jacobs field and the Gund Arena were built. These marvels were the top of the class in there respective leagues.
With a new ballpark came a new life. the Indians started to contend for the first time since the 1950s. When the Tribe contended the fans showed. They showed up for 455 consecutive home games, stretching from June 12th, 1995 to April 2nd, 2001. Winning was new in the Cleveland area and the fans were excited.
They had one of the most beautiful ball parks in baseball and one of the best offenses in the Major League. With contention came expectations, since the Tribe went to the playoffs every year from 1995 to 2001 the fans assumed they could just wait until September to see their Tribe. When it really counted.
After opening day in 2001 the Jacobs Field didn't sellout spelling an end to the record.
Now a new team is ready to take the realm. The Boston Red Sox sold out their 456 consecutive home game on Monday September 9th, 2008. Becoming the sole possession holder of the all time consecutive home sell out streak.
In the movie Fever Pitch actor Jimmy Fallon quoted:
"The Red Sox never let you down. Every April, they're here. At 1:05 or at 7:05, there is a game. And if it gets rained out, guess what? They make it up to you. Does anyone else in your life do that? The Red Sox don't get divorced. This is a real family. This is the family that's here for you."
In a way, that quote is correct. The Red Sox have always been a great team and their fans are one of the best, if not the best. Though I don't like saying it I respect the organization.
I am writing this article because I attended many games during that streak in Cleveland, and I have to say the games were a lot more entertaining when 45,000 people were there watch with you.
So for all of those Red Sox fans, attend a game if you already havn't because this is an experience where you as a fan can enjoy and be a part of this historical franchise and feat.