When the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 2008, they weren't the best team in the game. That's not a knock against a very good team. Just a fact.
So when people look back at the 2008 season and try and figure out why they won, some are inclined to chalk it up to luck, but it was much more than that, and it began long before the '08 season.
What the Phillies had that season was good chemistry. They had been building the core of the club for years and you would think that the '08 season was just a stepping stone, but it wasn't.
That team won the World Series because they knew how to play as a cohesive unit. Some of the best "clubhouse characters" in the game played on that team, from the enigmatic Jimmy Rollins to the silent leader Chase Utley.
In my personal opinion, it is immensely important to assemble a team that can mesh together. That's why I wanted to take a look at some of the best and beloved "teammates" in Phillies history—guys who other people wanted to play with.
Some of the results are surprising. Others you'd expect to see here. One thing is for certain—they'd make one hell of a team.