Giants' record sellout streak comes to an end

Team tallied NL-best 530 regular-season games with full house

July 18th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- For roughly 6 1/2 years, the Giants drew sellouts game after game -- 530, to be exact -- to AT&T Park.

But Monday, that streak ended. The Giants drew 39,538 for their 5-3 loss to Cleveland, giving the organization its first under-capacity crowd since Sept. 30, 2010.

The streak was the Majors' active longest, the longest in National League history and the second-longest in Major League history. The Red Sox drew 794 consecutive regular-season sellouts from 2003 to 2013.

"It's definitely special to have a streak like that," said , who has been on the Giants' roster since the streak began. "It's meaningful for everybody in here. It's not something that you get to be a part of all the time."

Beyond the 530 regular-season games, the team sold out AT&T Park for 25 postseason games. The streak's inauguration coincided with the Giants' ascent to the top of the Majors -- a World Series title -- three times.

Giants president Larry Baer appeared on the team's radio and television broadcasts to reflect on the streak's longevity in an uncharacteristically tumultuous season.

"It's just been a great journey -- the sellout streak," Baer said. "We're going to have a bunch of sellouts this year; probably most of the games will be sold out. Wednesday, I think we'll start a new sellout streak. We're pretty close to having it sold out."

Nevertheless, Monday presented a natural moment of reflection. That was certainly the case for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has been at the helm since the streak's inception.

"It's been a tough go, but the one constant has been our support," Bochy said of the club's fans. "We can't thank them enough. It's a shame we couldn't hang in there to keep this thing going, but they certainly did their part. ... We're disappointed we're not in a better position for our fans because there's not a place in baseball like what we have here. There isn't."

Cain said the team's backing has played a key role in helping the Giants climb the proverbial baseball ladder.

"It means a lot," Cain said. "It just shows how much the city has come together, and it's pretty cool they've come together for a sporting event and hopefully a good entertainment show."