Well, Aegis, for whatever you find it to be worth, consider this:
In 1915, the Philadelphia Phillies went to their first World Series on the shoulders of the phenomenal pitcher, Grover Cleveland Alexander, who is on
almost all experts' lists of the Top 10 pitchers of all time, and who makes many experts' Top 5 lists. They lost, 4 games to 1. They stayed over
.500 for the next two years, because they kept Alexander for the next two years. Then he went to World War I, and from there to the Cubs.
Here is what happened to Philly from that point on, and I kid you not:
They had exactly ZERO winning seasons from 1918 through 1948. In the vast majority of those years, their record was nothing at all like 74-80.
Instead, it was like 60-94, if not 50-104, or 44-110. They put together a 3-decade run of putrefaction the likes of which no other baseball team has
ever come close to.
Yes, a LOT of teams were perpetually terrible in those years--the Browns, the White Sox, the Red Sox and the Braves all come to mind. But nobody can
touch the Phillies for sustained excellence at stinking the joint up over a 3-decade span. In its own perverse way, it's a phenomenal feat.
Then they posted a winning season in 1949 and, BOOM, in 1950 they won another pennant. That team is known historically as "The Whiz Kids." Their
pitching staff was what got them there, and their big star was Robin Roberts, who, for the first half of the 1950's, was by far the greatest pitcher
in baseball (no, not Spahn and not Ford).
And again they got their @sses kicked. This time, they didn't suffer a bunch of thumpings. They lost good, entertaining, close games. But they lost
ALL of the games, 4-zip, el sweeperoo. And that was the end of the Whiz Kids.
My friend Aegis, your boys have been winning for what, 15 years in a row now? The Phillies went thirty consecutive seasons
without hitting the
.500 mark, and got their butts kicked in the two World Series they did make, prior to 1980. The St. Louis Browns lost their one and ONLY World
Series--which should hardly even count--during World War Two, with replacement players, in 1944. Only when that franchise became the Baltimore
Orioles did they start winning World Series (1966, 1970, 1983).
So, in addition to the fact you are burying your team prematurely
(bad word to use at a site with so many young guys
--said the old man
), y'all have had an incredible run of success which will be talked about for as long as the game is played. Yeah, they WILL say that the team
"only" won one World Series, but my god, 15 consecutive division titles? What is the second best mark for consecutive division titles? Five?