Joe Rowe, a fan of the High-A Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League, has attended 1038 consecutive Daytona home games, dating back to June 26, 1995.â†µ
He’s known as “Front Row Joe”, and the ballpark even has a sign on the scoreboard that changes each day when he makes it to the game. He got a Daytona Cubs logo tattooed on his arm when the team had a promotion years ago offering a free lifetime season ticket for anyone who did that; he says he then pays “for the upgrade to have the reserved box seat, it costs me about $300 bucks for the year.”â†µ
Here’s how dedicated Joe is:â†µ
… during the 2007 season FRJâ€™s streak was threatened when he collapsed on the field and had to be transported by ambulance, but Joe bounced back and made it to the park the following game to continue his fan â€œIron Manâ€ streak. Apparently, Joe had passed out due to low potassium levels.â†µ
It used to be that there were a few major league players who would have long playing streaks going, but after Cal Ripken set the record, interest in doing that faded. The longest current streak is 273 games, held by the Brewers’ Prince Fielder.â†µ
He’s got a long way to go to catch Front Row Joe.