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(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) It's not just Red Sox Nation that's sad the Sox have been knocked out of post-season contention for the first time since 2006 -- it's the whole city economy.
The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau has estimated that each American League Division Championship game or AL pennant game brings $2.5 million of spending into the regional economy -- and a World Series game, $5 million.
"You just feel like you're missing out on something,'' said Garrett Harker, proprietor of the five-year-old restaurant Eastern Standard on Commonwealth Avenue in Kenmore Square, which four out of five years has seen a Sox postseason bump.
"When they're contending and they have success and they're going to postseason, this is the center of things in Boston. [There's] the revenue, but also just the energy in the square, and people want to be in the square. Without that, we'll feel it a little bit ... You're financially connected to a World Series championship, but you get really emotionally invested in it because you know what it means for your staff and your business.''
With the rest of the season -- more games with the White Sox Thursday night and a three-game season-closing homestand against the New York Yankees Friday through Sunday -- now a formality, it wasn't exactly a brisk day at the Red Sox souvenir shop on Yawkey Way. One of the rare customers, Dan Nyirady, visiting with his wife and daughters from Loma Linda, Calif. They spent about $75 on shirts and caps to wear at the Yankees game Friday night.
"We figured, why not? The Sox are going to keep going,'' Nyirady said. As so many Sox fans are learning to say this week: Wait till next year.
With videographer Nik Saragosa