Forget pitching and defense. The road to the World Series is I-95.
As spring training camps open this week, the axis of power in baseball for a fifth straight year is the Philadelphia-New York-Boston corridor. The latest round of winter spending reminded us that there are two tiers of teams in baseball: the Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox -- teams for which success is nothing less than a World Series title -- and everybody else. The three best available players this winter -- Cliff Lee, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford -- further fortified the I-95 corridor.
Ask yourself this: When it comes to identifying the 2011 World Series winner, and if you had those two tiers from which to choose, would you rather have The Big Three or The Field?