Chicago Cubs: My favorite memory vs. every National League team

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Chicago Cubs: Philadelphia Phillies

Amazingly, the Phillies have never met in the postseason. They did play some wild games years ago before I was around.

I’ve attended two Phillies games at Wrigley Field that mean a lot to me. My first ever trip to Wrigley Field was on September 14, 1996. The Cubs lost to the Phillies, 6-2. I did get to see Ryne Sandberg hit a home run against his old team. Ozzie Timmons also homered for the Cubs.

The other Cubs-Phillies game I’ve attended was on May 4, 2017. It was my first trip back to Wrigley Field since the Cubs won the World Series. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Miguel Montero homered to tie the game. It was a cold day, and the game went into 13 innings before the Cubs scored the winning run on a throwing error.

When we think about recent memorable games between these two teams, a lot of fans will recall June 6, 2018, when Jason Heyward hit a walk-off grand slam at Wrigley Field to beat the Phillies, 7-5. There’s also May 27-29, 2016, when the Cubs swept the Phillies at Wrigley Field to move to 34-14 on the season. Future manager David Ross, in his final playing season, hit his 100th career home run on the 27th.

Looking through all the years that the Cubs have been good in particular, there just aren’t many other memorable games that come to mind. The Heyward game was great, and I know a lot of fans remember that one fondly. However, I’m going to get personal with this one and go with the 2017 game I attended. It was a close, exciting game, unlike the Marlins game I attended, so that’s why I’ll give it the edge here.