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The ifs are being addressed by the Philadelphia Phillies, and they begin with Roy Halladay. However, while Phils fans finger their worry beads, the warts on the Braves and the Nationals are quite visible.
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Join the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association on January 28 as they hand out awards to local athletes and teams during their 109th annual banquet.
The public is welcome at the dinner. Tickets are $95 apiece, and are available by clicking here.
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