Mentioning the term ''window of opportunity'' to the Philadelphia Phillies results in a wide range of reactions.
Ryan Howard scoffs at it. Cole Hamels understands it. Ruben Amaro Jr. dismisses it. Roy Halladay accepts it. Charlie Manuel wants to use it as motivation.
The Phillies are no longer the team to beat in the NL East after capturing five straight division titles, two pennants and one World Series title between 2007-11. Injuries to star players and overall inconsistency contributed to an 81-81 finish last year.
With a core of aging players, some of which are entering the final seasons of their contracts, it's natural to wonder if the team's window of winning another world championship is closing.
''You don't want to see it but, you understand the game of baseball is a very small window and you have to do very well for that period of time you have,'' said Hamels, one of the voices of reason on a veteran roster. ''Even tho...