CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Were the Phillies the best team in baseball the last two years, despite not winning the World Series?
Perhaps, but what about in 2008, when they did win it?
"The team in 2008 that won the World Series was not the best team in baseball," a National League general manager said this week.
Not just any NL general manager, either. It was Phillies GM Ruben Amaro.
"Things fell right, and we were fortunate that Tampa Bay beat Boston. Frankly, I didn't like the matchup of the Phillies and Boston."
The 2008 Phillies won 92 games, fifth in the majors behind the Angels, Rays, Cubs and Red Sox.