Baseball fans, like those who support any sport, are emotional characters for sure. That's natural. But, certain set feelings about one season, series or game can often prove to be unrealistic.
The Cardinals finished second in the National League's Central Division in 2012. They were subsequently beaten in seven games in the National League Championship Series by the San Francisco Giants, who then swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
Based purely on emotional logic, Ruben Amaro's apparently descending Philadelphia Phillies' team should continue to flounder next season. The testy masses therefore seem inclined to shout, “They'll never win again!”
Instead of preparing for an 0-162 record, the Philadelphia faithful should reconsider impending doom. Yes, current payroll issues appear to limit moves that can be made. But, a healthy budget also puts this franchise in a far different financial position than Veterans Stadium enabled in the mid-1990s.
Offering positive platitudes won't turn this once-elite team around. Sharp trades, smart free agent acquisitions and a dash of good fortune might allow Ryne Sandberg to lead his evolving squad toward, at, or above .500 by the time the summer line is officially crossed in June.
Until the Phillies and their fans arrive at that season, no one should assume that the immediate future is dim.