Following the stunning 2007 September surge many people around baseball were wondering what came next. Was this a fluke? Were the Phillies primed to take another step forward in 2008? Would the Mets come back with a vengeance?
Carlos Beltran fired the first shot of the season when he proclaimed that the Mets were the team to beat in 2008.
Brett Myers replied by saying no one likes a sequel.
With all due respect to Brett, turns out Phillies fans did indeed like the sequel. Phillies this time came back from only 3.5 games back with 17 left to play to win the division on the second to last day of the season.
Lidge, who was and would go on to be perfect for the season got himself into a bases loaded jam with only one out against the Washington Nationals.
With their best hitter, Ryan Zimmerman, at bat Lidge induced a grounder that appeared to be going up the middle for a base hit that would blow the save.
A Jimmy Rollins dive later, the Phillies had turned two, Lidge remained perfect, and the Phils were repeat NL East champions.
A good start to the sequel, but this was just a preview of things yet to come.