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The Phillies’ sellout streak ends at 257 games

Aug 6, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

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The announced attendance for tonight’s Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park was 41,665, falling short of a sellout for the first time since July 6, 2009. And with that, the Phillies’ sellout streak ends at 257 games. Given the Phillies’ current place in the standings and the recent trades of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, it was only a matter of time.

Via Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, here’s a statement from Phillies president David Montgomery.

“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.”

The sellout streak is the longest in National League history and third-longest in MLB history. The Indians sold out 445 straight games from 1995-2001 while the Red Sox have a current streak of 772 sellouts at Fenway Park.

  1. rcali - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    What!!!! They traded their fans too!!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Its been a Rocky season in numerous ways.

    • greenkeeper15 - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      yeah 41655 the place was empty moron. go back in your hole, or mommas basement

      • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:52 AM

        Just wanted to be the one to actually say you’re an idiot. Article doesn’t say anything about it being empty, nor does it allude to it. This isn’t even the typical HBT Philly-trolling. Someone should be crawling back into their hole, but it isn’t DJ.

  2. mdpickles - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Bah! What a bunch of fair weather fans…..just kidding, Phils fan here. Look at the bright side, they’ll sellout on Hunter Pence Bobblehead Day.

  3. titknocker - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Wonder how long before my Red Sox end what is the biggest crock of shit in baseball, that is their sell out streak?

    • 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Let’s be fair: their manager is a WAY bigger crock of shit than the fictional sellout streak.

  4. illcomm - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    all cause they were playing the braves. that team has less fans than the royals.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      I feel like you’re trying to counter troll Craig if for some reason he makes a post on this article by DJ

    • WhyDoIActuallyCare - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      Your grasp of the facts is very limited. There are only 6 teams with a higher road attendance average than the Braves this year. There are only 2 teams with lower road attendance averages than the Royals this year. Check your facts before someone checks them for you.

      • bravojawja - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        It’s very difficult for trolls to understand math. It’s a miracle they can even type.

  5. njbucsfan - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    It ended much sooner than tonight. The local sports media has been pounding the Phils org for that couple of weeks to come clean about the sell out streak ending.

  6. Walk - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    That was a good streak. Best thing about baseball is you put a bad day behind you and start another streak tommorow.

    • Ben - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      You must be a player. You’ve mastered cliches.

  7. stex52 - Aug 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Kind of a non-issue. 41,000 is a great crowd. Besides, like Walk said, they’ll just start a new one. Sounds like this sell-out thing is a lot about nothing.

  8. willclarkgameface - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    This streak was longer than the Red Sox “streak”.

    I mean, any streak in the Stub Hub/Ace Ticket era is going to be nonsense anyway. Sure, there are tickets that the team doesn’t hold because they were sold and I guess that’s a sell out, but it’s hard for me to really honor that when so many empty seats are being seen on TV.

    Sellout streaks are LAME.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      How do you figure that the Phils’ streak was longer than the Boston streak? You can’t really say that the ticket broker era is responsible for Boston’s streak but had nothing to do with Philly’s.

  9. micker716 - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:10 AM


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  10. verytalldad - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Phillies are lacking Natitude.

    Enjoy the cellar for the next few years.

    • cleverbob - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      So what is the definition of “Natitude”, being at the top of the NL East but still being 15th in MLB attendance? Or should we call it Nattendance?

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Natitiude = 1/2 a season a dynasty makes + banning opposing fans from the stadium

      • marinersnate - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I think Natitude = being 17 games up on the Phillies in august.

      • delawarephilliesfan - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        @mariners – oh please….the OP in this string accused Phillies fans of not having “Natitude” based on the fact that a mere 41,665 showed up. You know how many times the Nats have had 41,665 this year? Twice – and both of those times were against the Orioles, whose fans surely helped increase the numbers.

        Phillies fans show up in greater numbers for their losing team then Nats fans do for the first contending DC team since 1945. Think about that for a second – the Phillies are out of it, and yet they still outdraw DC, whose fans haven’t seen a winner unless they are over 80. If that is “Natitude”, they better figure out a Plan B

  11. hojo20 - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    There were rows of empty seats at the Red Sox game on Friday night and yesterday…..but they called it a sellout.

  12. kkolchak - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    MLB attendance streaks are a joke. When they go back to counting fannies in the seats rather than phantom ticket sales, they might actually mean something.

    • - Aug 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Same thing in the NFL. Oh, The local TV station and advertisers bought the remaining seats so the game would remain on TV in the local market? OK. If you want to call that a sell out. fine.

      While we’re on this subject. I don’t like MLB’s blackout rules, but I at least understand them from a business point of view.

      The NFL Blackout Rule makes no sense to me. A team is terrible, so we’re going to take it off TV and let fans find something else to do on Sunday afternoon?

    • chadjones27 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      My guess is that they went to total ticket sales instead of people through the gates due to games being rescheduled due to rain outs, bad weather, and other factors that keep people from showing up

  13. dawglb - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    The Nationals brass and fans are new to success. It clearly shows in their “Natitude”. They are as giddy as a group of girls at a sleepover. Clearly don’t know how to deal with a little success.

  14. timpaz - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    They better get used to a lot of empty seats in the future, this is a bad team who is going to get worse.

  15. vicvega422 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    To you Nats fans….win something first.

  16. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    1500 from sellout no a lot of empty seats. Attendance won’t drop all that much. It’s a great park and Philly fans show up for pretty much everything except a mediocre NBA team.

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