It seems like a long wait, but the 2008 World Series is getting started tonight. The Tampa Bay Rays are favored by most of the so-called "Experts". I can understand that they are dazzled by the array of young talent the Rays have and the compelling story of their going from "worst to first" in just one year. But my prediction goes against the Rays; the Phillies will win the World Series. The Rays are talented, but not very experienced (except for Cliff Floyd). The Phillies have come close before, and are hungry for a Championship. Tampa Bay has had a wonderful season just to get where they are.
Call me crazy if you will, but I believe in the Phillies' destiny this year. As the late Tug McGraw used to say, "You gotta' believe!" and a lot of us do. The team has come together this year as in no other years in recent history. There are no prima donnas or hot dogs like Manny Ramirez or Barry Bonds on the Phillies. Just guys who want to win.
In a seven game series, the team with the best talent does not always win. Who would have thought the Phillies could defeat the Brewers and the Dodgers WITHOUT any home runs by Ryan Howard? Or with "old reliable" Jamie Moyer getting blasted in both of his starts? And if the experts knew how great Ramirez was going to hit against the Phillies, they probably would have predicted a 4-game sweep for the Dodgers! Yet, even though the experts said that the Phillies would lose, they won easily, 4 games to 1.
I say the World Series is just as unpredictable. On paper, maybe Tampa Bay should annihilate Philadelphia as the Experts predict. But I say NO - the games aren't played on paper, they play them on the field with human beings -human beings who might have aches & pains and suffer a bad day, human beings who might reach down deep for that last little "extra" to go beyond their normal performance, guys who are willing to do whatever it takes to win and forget about individual glory and statistics! This is the great thing about Major League Baseball's World Series - it's exciting and the outcome is never a sure thing!