On this day in 2008, the New York Times story on the AL series began:
Just a couple of hours before the Red Sox and Rays squared off in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, there was still one place to get tickets for the game (at face value, too). The line was snaking down Lansdowne Street and anyone could just walk up and stand there...
And then, in his regular spot at the head of the line, there was Dave Millette. With traces of red face paint still clinging to his nose and chin, Millette explained that he has (successfully) waited outside Fenway's Gate E on Lansdowne Street for every World Series game and nearly every playoff game since 2003.
"Every time I've been first in line in the playoffs, they've won," he said. "Every time I haven't been first in the playoffs, they've lost."
Millette, who grew up near Cape Cod, is a carpenter by trade and a Red Sox fan by nature. He first queued on Landsdowne Street when he saw an opportunity to pick up a few extra bucks. Back in 2003, a scalper offered him $200 to stand on line and buy him a dozen tickets. After it worked, he did it again. Eventually, it even earned Millette a free ticket to Game 7 of the 2003 A.L.C.S. Soon, Millette was standing in line for whatever scalper first approached him.