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Brad Lidge drops to his knees after winning the 2008 World Series
World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Boston Red Sox
I don't care if it features the Boston Red Sox, if this is the 2011 World Series I will be glued to the TV for every out.
Last season I watched maybe four innings in total; four innings more than I promised myself I'd watch. I am a Yankees fan first, a New York fan second, a baseball fan third, and a Boston hater fourth. I like watching good baseball, I can't help it.
I'd rather watch this series battle it out as I expect it to, than watch the Yankees sweep someone in the World Series.
There's no fun in a sweep. Yes, I'm stoked my team won, but I like the drama building up of a Game 6 or 7 or a come-from-behind win. Any true baseball fan will agree with me.
Like the ALCS, we know these teams can hit, but the pitching is so very different that it will determine this year's champion. In football and basketball, defense wins championships; in baseball, it's pitching.
Last year established Roy Halladay as the greatest pitcher of this generation. He became the first person since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to toss two no-no's in one season.
Entering the 2010 postseason, Cliff Lee was 7-0 in 64.1 innings with three complete games, 67 K's, just seven walks and an abysmal 1.26 ERA.
He got rocked last year, but I mean he was on Texas. Roy Oswalt was also undefeated in postseason play (4-0) before last year.
Cole Hamels, an NL version of A.J. Burnett, turns it on in the second half and in the playoffs...do you remember 2008?
They have the bats to beat them and the arms to overpower them: the Phillies will be the 2011 World champions.
Zacchio says: Phillies win World Series 4-2.