How will the Phillies finish in 2006? Give us your take and win a book.
By now, most of you have seen my Phillies preview in the Hardball Times, in which I predict 91 wins and a playoff birth. You may have seen that USA Today believes the Phillies are fit to go even further, picking them as the surprise favorite to win the World Series. Today, Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News jumped on board, predicting around 93 wins and the NL Wild Card.
Now it’s your turn. In 500 words or less, tell me where the team stands, good or bad. You can chose a broad subject, like the team overall, or narrow it down a single player or focus.
The writer who makes the most convincing argument will receive a copy of "The Last Nine Innings," the new book by Charles Euchner.
"The Last Nine Innings" is a pitch-by-pitch account of the 2001 World Series finale, when the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees. The book provides an in-depth view of the revolutionary changes in the national pastime. Euchner brings the reader behind the scenes to see how scientific analysis, exotic statistics and globalization have changed the game forever.
Submit your entries in the comments thread below, and before Monday’s season opener, I’ll pick a winner and send that person the book. No need to include an address at this time.