Fans of the Philadelphia Phillies are no stranger to the meaning of the word "disappointment." While this current string of division titles may ease the pain just a bit, you don't lose 10,000 games as a franchise without having more than a fair share of disappointing seasons.
As with any disappointment, some hurt worse than others.
Combine that previous statement with the fact that baseball can be a funny sport and it's the perfect storm for a tidal wave of disappointment from time to time. Teams can look great on paper and not make the postseason. That's disappointing.
Some teams make it all the way to the World Series, and win or lose, miss the postseason all together just a year later. That's disappointing as well.
The Phillies are a franchise who have disappointed in more ways than a single man could ever distinguish, and the 2012 season is shaping up to be no different. This is a roster studded with talent and experience. If they missed the postseason, it would be one of the most disappointing seasons ever. In fact, it would rank ninth on this list.
So while the 2012 version of the Phillies attempt to turn things around, let's take a look at what they're trying to avoid: Joining the 25 most disappointing teams in franchise history.