Neyer upsets Phillips in first semifinal

Updated: February 10, 2009, 8:21 AM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

This isn't a fair fight. Steve Phillips, a former general manager of the New York Mets, a guy who built a real major league team for seven years, against Rob Neyer, a baseball writer, a stat guy.

Baseball writers don't know anything about baseball; neither do stat guys. Ask any manager. Phillips had the highest payroll in the tournament, Neyer the lowest.

This had sweep written all over it. And Phillips' team got off to a great start, winning Game 1, 6-3, behind a home run and four ...

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