2007 Rewind….a day-by-day look at that magical September
By Paul Hagen
Ten years ago the Phillies staged one of the most remarkable stretch run comebacks in baseball history. On September 12 they were seven games behind the Mets with just 17 games left. No team in baseball had ever overcome that large a deficit with so few games remaining.
Here’s a day-by-day look at how they rallied to edge the Mets on the final day (September 30) of season through excerpts from “A September to Remember,” a feature in the 2017 Phillies Yearbook.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Beat Nationals, 4–1 in 10 innings, at RFK Stadium. 1 ½ GB.
J.C. Romero, Tom Gordon and Brett Myers each pitched for the fifth straight day. Romero had also pitched eight times in the previous nine days and Gordon and Myers in seven of the last eight. “They said they wanted the ball,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “They said they were ready. If they were ready, I was going to use them.”
“You train for this moment,” Romero said. “This is the time of year when your teammates need you. They’re counting on you.”
Romero gave up a leadoff triple to Brian Schneider in the seventh. But the Nationals didn’t score because Chase Utley threw pinch-runner Cristian Guzman out at the plate trying to score on a one-out grounder to second.
That helped send the game into extra innings when the Phillies scored three runs on four hits to win. The Mets beat the Marlins again, 7–2.
“I don’t have time to feel tired,” Myers said. “When that phone rings, you have to be ready to go. We’ve got seven games left. There’s no time to sit back and relax. If I have to pitch tomorrow, I’ll pitch tomorrow.”