Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 8/8/12

You could see it coming for months. Even in games that were announced as sellouts, the number of empty blue seats seemed to grow nightly. The tickets may have been paid for, but a number of them sat unsold on the secondary market on sites like Stubhub. After 3 years and 257 straight sellouts, the Phillies streak went the way of their playoff hopes.

The Phillies have certainly struggled this season but still lead major league baseball with an average of 44,606 people per game.

That it took this long for the Phillies’ streak to come to an end is the real surprise. The team had been mired in last place in the NL East for most of the season. Marquee stars like Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay all missed extensive time this season adding to the debacle.

The fact that this team sold out 257 regular season games in a row is a testament to the spirit of Philadelphia and the unwavering loyalty the City and its fans show their sports teams. Sure we take a beating in the national press sometimes, but you can’t deny the passion of this fan base.

Phillies team President David Montgomery had this to say about the streak.

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 Phillies streak of 257 consecutive regular season sellouts was the third longest in baseball history.

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