Baseball’s post-season returned for the first time since 1993. Although they were quickly swept by Colorado in the Division Series, this writer considers the 2007 Phillies season a success.
It’s funny how it feels like the Phils are still seven games behind the Mets after losing to Colorado Sept. 12. I was in Japan then, touring the baseball circuit with 20 Americans, including two Mets fans from Long Island. Each morning, the games started back East and I’d catch the first few frames before heading down to the lobby. The Phils’ rotation, without Cole Hamels, suffered another setback when Kyle Kendrick took a Garrett Atkins line drive off the knee. The injury turned out to be nothing, but they fell 12-0 that day. Things looked very grim. The Mets fans, with their massive luggage and blue caps, looked very smug.
It was as if I'd left all the bad Phillies baggage behind in Japan. The next two weeks unfolded quickly, with the Phils gaining in the Wild Card while sneaking up on the Mets. Even the late summer sun had a dreamlike, cooling, surreal effect on the final games, especially that final Sunday. The Mets had the 1:05 start, the Phils had the 1:35. I turned on the set at 1:45, too nervous check in. From the moment Harry Kalas’ voice came through the television, backed by the fever pitch of the stadium, I knew the Phillies had it, without knowing or hearing the score from New York.