Red Sox are winning, but attendance is lagging

Fans in the Green Monster seats reach for a double off the left field wall hit by Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Those who showed up at Fenway Park on Wednesday night had a ball.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Where are you, Red Sox fans?

Wednesday’s night’s attendance was 31,962. Not chopped liver, but really, what’s going on here? The Red Sox are involved in a tight race. Every game is like the playoffs. They’re playing Baltimore, which prevented them from making the playoffs in 2011.

After last year’s 69 wins, this should be a joy to watch. The Sox have been one of the most consistent teams in baseball from Opening Day. No ups and downs like most of the teams they’re competing against. Steady, exciting. Thirty come-from-behind wins, including 4-3 over the Orioles Wednesday night, when the Sox scored three runs in the seventh and eighth.

Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy is anticipating another crowd in the 32,000 range Thursday night. What gives?

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