Sunday, February 7, 2016

Does America want the Phillies?

A columnist wonders about an ideal World Series.

Does America want the Phillies?

Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies played a three-game series against the Yankees in New York this past May. They could head back to the Bronx in the World Series. (Kathy Willens/AP file photo)
Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies played a three-game series against the Yankees in New York this past May. They could head back to the Bronx in the World Series. (Kathy Willens/AP file photo)

Bill Rhoden of the New York Times offers up a little snack to fuel the fires until the Phillies and Dodgers drop the puck on Thursday night.

In a column the other day, Rhoden offered up a thesis that, truth be told, is probably the majority view in the country (and especially in the part of the country where television executives live). Along the way, he acknowledges that a Yankees-Phillies World Series would be "intriguing," as would all of the other potential matchps, for that matter.

Now for the big however:

Still, what Major League Baseball needs is a great World Series, a Series for the ages. And with all due respect to those two other potential matchups, it’s a Yankees-Dodgers World Series that could take the game back to its roots at a time when baseball desperately needs to recover a portion of the trust, if not the innocence, that it has lost in the steroid era.

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You know, with all due respect.

Baseball needs a World Series for the ages, one that reinforces its roots and, yes, its relative purity. Granted, this is a lot to ask one World Series matchup to accomplish, but baseball needs an authentic fall classic.

It needs Yankees-Dodgers, for the good of the game.

You know, for the good of the game.




Daily News Executive Sports Editor
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