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Now that the Phillies have clinched their third consecutive National League East title, Derek Jeter's insights are worth remembering.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and four-time World Series champion, has a favorite saying.

"The hottest teams win in the playoffs," he often says, the wording varying slightly but the idea consistent. "But the best teams in baseball are the ones who get there."

The Phillies have proved that - and no matter what happens in October - they were one of the best teams of 2009.

Their achievement matches the longest streak in franchise history (Danny Ozark managed the team to division crowns from 1976 to '78) and is a true accomplishment, regardless of a bumpy landing and questions concerning their playoff viability.

Now that the Phillies have clinched their third consecutive National League East title, Derek Jeter's insights are worth remembering.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and four-time World Series champion, has a favorite saying.

"The hottest teams win in the playoffs," he often says, the wording varying slightly but the idea consistent. "But the best teams in baseball are the ones who get there."

The Phillies have proved that - and no matter what happens in October - they were one of the best teams of 2009.

Their achievement matches the longest streak in franchise history (Danny Ozark managed the team to division crowns from 1976 to '78) and is a true accomplishment, regardless of a bumpy landing and questions concerning their playoff viability.

Now that the Phillies have clinched their third consecutive National League East title, Derek Jeter's insights are worth remembering.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and four-time World Series champion, has a favorite saying.

"The hottest teams win in the playoffs," he often says, the wording varying slightly but the idea consistent. "But the best teams in baseball are the ones who get there."

The Phillies have proved that - and no matter what happens in October - they were one of the best teams of 2009.

Their achievement matches the longest streak in franchise history (Danny Ozark managed the team to division crowns from 1976 to '78) and is a true accomplishment, regardless of a bumpy landing and questions concerning their playoff viability.

Now that the Phillies have clinched their third consecutive National League East title, Derek Jeter's insights are worth remembering.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop and four-time World Series champion, has a favorite saying.

"The hottest teams win in the playoffs," he often says, the wording varying slightly but the idea consistent. "But the best teams in baseball are the ones who get there."

The Phillies have proved that - and no matter what happens in October - they were one of the best teams of 2009.

Their achievement matches the longest streak in franchise history (Danny Ozark managed the team to division crowns from 1976 to '78) and is a true accomplishment, regardless of a bumpy landing and questions concerning their playoff viability.