No. 2: NL East-clinching double play
After winning the NL East in 2007, the Phillies were in the position to do the same entering the second to last game of the 2008 season. The Phillies entered the game with a 90-70 record, while the Nationals were among the league’s worst, at 59-100.
Jamie Moyer was on the mound for the Phillies and shut the Nationals out through four, but Washington’s John Lannan had done the same through three. The Phillies got on the board first in the home fourth when Chase Utley scored on a Pat Burrell sacrifice fly. The Phillies got another on a Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly and led 2-0.
The Phillies maintained a 3-1 lead into the eighth when the Nationals cut it to 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by Lastings Millage off Ryan Madison. Like the Phillies seemingly did many times in 2008, they got the run back in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Pedro Feliz, scoring Shane Victorino.
Here is where Jimmy Rollins saved the day and perhaps the season. A ground ball hit by Zimmerman appeared off the bat to be single to center. However, Rollins made an incredible diving stop, flipped to Utley, who fired to Ryan Howard to turn the double play. The play won the National League East for the Phillies, who went on to win their first World Series title since 1980.