SAN FRANCISCO -- Fans who remember watching the Giants play before sparse crowds at Candlestick Park have had their wildest dreams met, if not exceeded.
With their 258th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park on Sunday, the Giants established a record for the longest such streak in National League history. The Giants broke a tie with the Philadelphia Phillies, who maintained their streak from July 7, 2009-Aug. 5, 2012.
The Giants began their stretch of sellouts, which is the longest active streak in the Majors, with an Oct. 1, 2010, game against San Diego as they were approaching the NL West title. The club's last non-sellout at home occurred Sept. 30 of that year, when the announced paid attendance was 37,261 for a Thursday afternoon game against Arizona.
"Incredible," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It really is. That was quite a run that Philly had. To pass that is impressive. We're really grateful and thankful for the support we get."
The Boston Red Sox own the all-time record of 794 home sellouts in a row from May 15, 2003, to April 8, 2013, at Fenway Park. The second-highest streak belongs to the Cleveland Indians, who played to 455 consecutive sellouts at Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field) from June 12, 1995, to April 2, 2001.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.