It’s over. It’s over. It’s all over.
In addition to a streak of five straight division titles, the Phillies fraudulent sellout streak is kaput. Monday’s game against the Braves did not fill the stands and snapped a 273-game sellout streak, including 257 straight regular season games.
From the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb via Twitter:
Phillies streak of 257 straight sellouts was third longest in MLB history. 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.”
41,665. sellout streak is over.
— Mandy Housenick (@inthephilshouse) August 7, 2012
While it is phenomenal that the Phillies were able to sellout Citizens Bank Park that many times, the valid opinion is that the streak ended earlier this year despite the calculations of the Phillies beancounters. It’s a fraud of a streak that ended much earlier.
In the last two to three years, you couldn’t get a Phillies ticket. This year, the Phillies.com ticket office has bombarded email accounts with ticket offers before nearly each series.
Before the Dodgers series, the team had a BOGO special.
Finally, at many games this year there were empty blue seats to be had. How can there be a sellout? Were that many people pissing their tickets away?
Officially, this will go down as the third longest streak in baseball history. Unofficially, we’ll put an asterisk next to it.
In case you were wondering, the longest streak belongs to the Red Sox who sold out their 745th straight game in June.