It’s tough to imagine that the streak would have continued through this miserable stretch of games, but tonight’s Philadelphia Phillies game officially confirmed a sneaking suspicion many Phillies fans may have had for quite some time: The team’s streak of consecutive sellouts has finally ended at 257 straight games, the longest such streak in franchise history and the third-longest streak in the history of the National League.
It’s not surprising the streak ended after such a miserable season that saw the Phillies spend most of the last several months in last place. In addition to the high amount of losses, the Phillies have endured long stretches of injuries to superstars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, and Carlos Ruiz (starting now), and other players to have seen time on the DL include Placido Polanco, Freddy Galvis, Cliff Lee, and Michael Stutes.
It’s a major tribute to the Phillies though that they were still selling out games over these last several months when fans were treated to watching players like Hector Luna, Mike Fontenot, Michael Martinez, Ty Wigginton, Kyle Kendrick, and a slew of no-name relievers like Joe Savery, B.J. Rosenberg, Jeremy Horst, and Brian Sanches.
The last game the Phillies played in which they didn’t sell out was – ironically – a 22-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on July 6, 2009, a game in which the Phillies rocked Johnny Cueto for nine runs in two-thirds of an inning, finished with 21 hits and seven walks, and scored 16 runs in their first four frames en route to their most dominating single-game performance under Charlie Manuel.