Phillies sellout streak comes to a halt
With the way things have gone this season, it was bound to happen.
The paid attendance at Monday’s Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park was 41,665, and it ended the club’s streak of 257 regular-season sellouts.
The Phillies (49-59) entered play Monday in fourth place in the National League East, 16.0 games behind the division-leading Nationals. They made three trades last week, including shipping off one of their most popular players, Shane Victorino (Dodgers). Hunter Pence (Giants) and Joe Blanton (Dodgers) were also traded.
The sellout streak began on July 7, 2009, when the Phils played the Cincinnati Reds. Total paid attendance for those 257 games was 11,585,952 with an average attendance of 45,082 per game. The Phillies home record during the stretch was 154-103.
“The number of sellouts could not have been possible without the tremendous loyalty of our fans who continue to lead all of Major League Baseball in average attendance this year,” Phillies President David Montgomery said in a press release.
The streak was the longest ever in the National League and the third-longest in MLB history.The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians hold the two highest records in MLB; the Red Sox have a current streak of 772 sellouts while the Indians experienced 455 sellouts from 1995-2001.