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 thumped by the Rockies, 12–0, to fall 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.

Over the next two-and-a-half weeks, we’ll take a day-by-day look at that magical run through excerpts from “A September to Remember,” a feature in the 2017 Phillies Yearbook.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 
Beat Mets, 10–6, at Shea Stadium. 3 ½ GB.

Greg Dobbs (Getty Images)

The Phillies beat the Mets for the eighth straight time and, again, Greg Dobbs was right in the middle of the action with a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning that put them ahead for good. “I don’t know if we’re in their heads, but I think we’ve proven to them that we can play them tough,” he said. “I think it’s a testament to us. We put the pressure on them.”

The Mets certainly played as if they were feeling pressure. They committed six errors, walked 11 and had one hit batter.

Still, they had a lot of factors in their favor. They had a fairly comfortable lead. And they would now play 13 of their final 14 games against the Marlins and Nationals, two of the league’s worst teams.

There was also this: After sweeping the Mets at home at the end of August to pull within two games of the lead, the Phillies lost five of their next seven to fall six games behind again. “I don’t think there’s going to be a lapse this time,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. “Everything is coming down to an end and we don’t have time to take a break.”

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