The best team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies, start their quest for their second World Championship in two years when they send out Roy Halladay today to face the Cincinnati Reds in Game one of the National League Division Series.
Now, I'm rooting for the Reds, mostly because I like the Reds power hitting first baseman, Joey Votto, but also because the Reds just happen to be the favorite ball club on my old Navy buddy Steve.
Steve's a much bigger Alabama fan, but he loves the Reds also, so I've been rooting them on in the N.L. Central all year long.
Now, if you are a fan of the Red Legs, here's a great Reds web site...Church of Baseball
Now, back to the Phillies.
When the Phillies got Roy Halladay, the 2 time defending champions of the N.L. became automatic favorites to win their 3rd in a row. I see no reason not to believe that they will
Halladay, Roy Oswalt(acquired from the Astros), and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hammels are the best staff in the N.L., and when those guys get the ball to close Brad Lidge, it's all but over for the team in the batters box.
On offense, the names are all well known.
The Phillies Ryan Howard, their power hitting first baseman, Chase Utley, the sure handed, pure hitting second sacker, slick fielding shortstop Jimmy Rollins, and veteran outfielders Jason Werth and Shane Victorino.
The Phillies are trying to become the first N.L. team to win three straight pennants since the 1942-43-44 St. Louis Cardinals.
I like the Phillies in 4 games...nothing personal Steve.