Insider Intel: 2009 World Series

Ryan Howard smiles in the Bronx in May. Will he be smiling next week? It's why we watch the games. Getty Images

It's geographically unbalanced, but otherwise, Philadelphia Phillies versus New York Yankees is about as good a World Series matchup as anyone could hope to see this year. Both clubs have legitimate claims to be the best in their leagues; both feature ace starters, former MVPs, solid defenders and star closers -- OK, that last one might not extend to both clubs.