2007 Rewind….a day-by-day look at that magical September

Aaron Rowand (Getty Images)

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.

Following a day off in which the Phillies gained ½ game when the Mets lost, the season is down to the final four days.

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 
Beat Braves, 5–2, at Citizens Bank Park. 1 GB.

In bottom of seventh, with Pat Burrell at the plate, the crowd of 36,588 suddenly began cheering and waving rally towels. The scoreboard had just updated with the news that the Nationals had taken a lead over the Mets at Shea Stadium in a game Washington would eventually win, 9–6.

Once again, the Phillies were able to take advantage of an opponent’s mistake. With two outs and runners on first and second in the third, Aaron Rowand hit chopper to third base that should have ended the inning. Chipper Jones took a step to try to tag Chase Utley coming from second, but Utley avoided the tag. Jones then airmailed the ball into the camera pit next to the Phillies dugout.

Three runs eventually scored, which turned out to be the final margin of victory.

Manager Charlie Manuel, still mindful of the wild card option, said he was going to go home and watch Padres and Rockies games. “I watch every one of those games. They’re the ones that drive me up a wall. I even find myself managing those games. How about that? I definitely don’t want to do that,” he said.

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