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Predictions: Why the Phils will win the World Series, and why I'm wrong
I was sitting in a hotel room in Fort Lauderdale when my phone rang. It was December, 2007. Earlier that day, I had made the four hour drive across the state to do a feature on the Miami Northwestern football team, which was playing Tampa's Plant High in the Class A state title game. In case you haven't heard, Florida high schools produce some pretty good football players. When I picked up the phone, the last thing on my mind was baseball -- the Phillies' season had been over for more than a month, and the Red Sox had already defeated the Rockies to win the World Series -- but that changed when the voice on the other end informed me that the Daily News was looking for a new Phillies writer.