In 1978 and 1979, more than 2.3 million fans passed through Fenway each season for an average of 29,000 fans per home game. By 1984, that number had dipped to 1.66 million and 20,000 per game. On April 29, 1986, when Roger Clemens struck out 20 Seattle batters and turned the franchise's fortunes around - in fact, everything that led to the 2004 World Series started that day - there were fewer than 14,000 spectators at Fenway that night. People were just more interested in the Celtics and Patriots...until Clemens' remarkable performance changed everything. By 1988, the team was averaging 30,000 per game, a mark it topped 11 times over the next 16 years........By 2004, that number had climbed to 36,298, which was also the capacity of the ballpark. In other words, every home game had sold out.
There you have it. Boston is just a front-running town. I have no numbers on this, but Id imagine the Pats werent selling out til fairly recently, and the Cs probably arent the hottest draw these days either.
So, I dont want to hear about Boston being this great baseball city, and places like Phily, Pittsburgh, etc arent good baseball cities. If the Sox had endured all the losing the other teams have, fans would drop them too.