Since it's not the Cubs and I'm dating someone from Philly who has great seats, it's a no-brainer. Plus the compassion factor. Philadelphia fans partied so hard at the Jacksonville Super Bowl and still their team came up short, playing the last 3 minutes like they had hangovers. So, they're due. Also, my buddy John Kruk gave his right testicle to the '93 team that lost in heartbreaking fashion, plus Tampa Bay gets this year's Super Bowl. Out of a sense of good old American humanity and decency, I have to go with Philadelphia. They're the better team. Of course, if being the best team was all that mattered I'd be at Wrigley this weekend.
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I'm picking the Phillies. They have a strong team offensively and defensively, and my roots run deep with the National League. I'm looking forward to catching a game in Philadelphia. [Note: McGraw's father, Tug, pitched for the victorious Phillies in the 1980 Series.]
3 of 35Brian Lovely/SI
I have to say the Rays in 7. The heart of their lineup just has too much fire power!
4 of 35Scott Gries/Getty Images
It's going to be a great World Series, especially Game 1. It will be close, but I think the Phillies' experience over the Rays' youth will help them win.
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I am absolutely picking the Phillies. There's simply no way the powers that be in the universe can let a 150-1 odds team from Florida win the World Series.
6 of 35Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Rays! Everybody in Philly is gonna kill themselves about losing another championship to a Tampa Bay team!
7 of 35Stewart Shining/SI
I'm going with the Rays. It's a Cinderella story. They were underdogs last year and now they're going to the World Series! I love this story. Go Rays!
8 of 35Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Rays win because they have better pitching, better defense and a better story. I can hear the Rocky music in the background right now!
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I'm going with Tampa in six. In the era of home-run baseball, Tampa plays small ball and has great fundamentals, which will carry them through the series.
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I am all for the Phillies! I was born there and, you know, once a Philly girl, always a Philly girl.
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I'm a lifelong Dodger fan so I can't get behind the Phillies. The Rays have that Cinderella quality going for them, so I'm going with Tampa Bay.
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I think Rays are going to win it. They had an impressive showing against the Red Sox, and I'm from Florida, so I have to go with the hometown team. I like them and I like their story being the underdog and being a fairly new team. I think they deserve it. They've worked hard and played well all season.
13 of 35Simon Bruty/SI
I'm taking the Rays because they're new blood and I'm a Florida guy! They had to hold off both Boston and the Yankees to win the regular season, then the Red Sox again to get in the World Series. From worst to first -- nothing's better!
14 of 35Joseph Sargent/Getty Images
The Rays because my financial advisor is from Philly and sleeps red and white.
15 of 35Michael Buckner/Getty Images
I'm picking the Phillies in seven games. I'm not sure the Rays are ready for the type of hostility, and I mean that in the most affectionate way possible, the Phillies faithful will have in store for them.
16 of 35Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Rays because they got rid of the word devil in their name, although I think three of the games will be won by 6.
17 of 35Greg Nelson/SI
I'll say the Phillies in six. I've watched them big time. I love watching them. I think Tampa Bay, I mean, they were hot. I think they might have gotten rattled there at the end, but they came through in Game 7 against Boston. It's hard to say they cant handle the pressure, because they did. Cole Hamel is pitching amazing, their bullpen is the best. These aren't going to be blowout games, it's going to come down to bullpen and pitching in the end, and I think they've got the advantage there.
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I'm going with the Tampa Bay Rays. You may even find me sporting a Mohawk to show my support.
19 of 35Vince Bucci/Getty Images
Phillies. I think Mike Schmidt's going to have a big game.
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This is the year when a Ray of sunlight will shine bright. Why? Because Tampa has the better pitching staff, pure and simple. In a short series, the upstart Rays will be in most of the games and the edge will go to their first eight inning pitchers. If the games are to be decided in the ninth, then advantage Philadelphia and Brad Lidge. The Rays must treat the games as eight inning affairs. If they do, they win.
21 of 35Warren Little/Getty Images
The Phillies will win it because we are the better city and the better team.
22 of 35Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
I pick the Phillies because they have a better bullpen, led by Brad Lidge and a great veteran lineup led by Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins.
23 of 35Greg Nelson/SI
The Phillies because my agent is from Philadelphia.
24 of 35Kevin Winter/Getty Images
The Tampa Bay Rays. They're a young and aggressive team with Evan Longoria giving new meaning to the hot corner.
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While Tampa Bay is the Cinderella story and it always feels good to root them on, the Phillies are just as hungry and I think their maturity will make all the difference. As for the baseball purisits, both these teams have been built on the farm system and eitehr way, this match up proves that lower payroll teams can be successful and that in itself is inspiring. However, after recently being in Philly, the brotherly love and hospitality they showered me with makes me biased, so I'm hoping the Phillies bring it home!
26 of 35Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
I'm going with the Phillies. Old franchise vs. newer franchise. Baseball is all about tradition.
27 of 35Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
I'd say the Phillies because their fans seem like they've been fully supporting them all season, not just in the playoffs. But the Rays had a great season... and they weren't even selling out their stadium.
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David Alan Basche
The Tampa Bay Rays will win because my mom lives in Lake Worth, Florida.
29 of 35Scott Halleran/Getty Images
I love the fighting Phils. I think with Rollins and Victorino's on- base percentage and speed at the top of the lineup mixed with Utley, Howard and Burrell all having slugging percentages over .500, the Phils can be lethal. The Rays are fun to watch, but nothing compares to the excitement in Philadelphia during playoff time.
30 of 35Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
Phillies in six. Why? Because by picking the Phillies, I will guarantee the Rays will win. I'm in second-to-last place in Fantasy Football. (thank you very much Derek Anderson). Knocked out of my suicide pool in Week 1 (thank you very much Indianapolis Colts). Why must everything I touch turn to crap?
31 of 35Greg Nelson/SI
Tampa Bay Rays. They have momentum, home field advantage, and are hitting the ball really well right now!
32 of 35Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Tampa Bay Rays. They have young players doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time, and no ghosts in the closet. Who wants to go up against that?
33 of 35Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
I'm going with the Phillies in six. They have a better and deeper pitching staff. They have strong closers and that will be a big advantage for them.
34 of 35Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
I'm going for Tampa Bay for the simple fact that I love underdogs and it's all about them Florida boys.
35 of 35Scott Wintrow/Getty Images
Tampa Bay Rays. They are very young and they eliminated Boston, so I have to go with the Rays.
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