For the last couple of years, we've asked some of our favorite writers and contributors and known baseball fans to "predict the season," a kind of Hobart version to an expert's panel of predictions on, say, ESPN or Sports Illustrated. You can see last year's here, and 2011's here. This year we are going to space these out some, a different expert or two every Monday, throughout April. This week... Andrew Ervin!
Tradition dictates that I predict the Phillies to win the World Series and who am I to argue? That's exactly what makes baseball great: the eternal return of hope, every spring, that this will be the season we win it all. Between now and the parade down Broad Street I will spend many hours on my front porch, in the dark, listening to an AM radio that has a short in it and no antenna. The static is as important to my summer as the fireflies. The Phillies will win it all, even if whatever that might mean changes between now and October.