The Philadelphia Phillies have drifted toward increasingly hard times since the 2008 World Series was won. Seasoned supporters know that as bad as the 2013 season has been, it might not represent the bottom. The highs and lows of major league baseball are part of what this seasonal game is all about.
It's natural for fans to go wild when their team is winning. But, how they handle the down times reflects upon their individual personalities.
The manner in which people express emotions about 'their team' is fully connected to their overall outlook on life. Many personality types who are quick to attack the Phillies when they are down also go for the jugular veins of family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, random strangers and whoever else happens to be nearby when reality isn't perfectly smooth.
Baseball, any other sport, or every aspect of life is always changing. Adapting to those changes, while maintaining a realistic sense of patience, creates a balanced view of reality.
This challenging 2013 season was somewhat predictable. It's unfolding outcome has happened because human beings made choices that have consequences.
Past and future decisions might make 2014 an even tougher season. But, if that comes to pass the sun will still rise over the Philadelphia skyline.