The end of the 2012 regular season was the culmination of an eerie, disappointing trend for the Philadelphia Phillies.
They won the World Series in 2008 and it has been all down hill from there. In 2009, they blew their chance at a repeat title run against the New York Yankees. A year later, they were dispatched by the red-hot San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. The Phillies were booted from the postseason early in 2011 by the St. Louis Cardinals and in 2012, they missed it all together.
Sure, it's just a coincidence, but it makes you raise an eyebrow nonetheless. It wouldn't be inaccurate to say that the Phillies are going in the wrong direction. They're an older team paying aging veterans a ton of money.
But I believe that this team can win another World Series title before the 2015 season—and beyond. It almost sounds crazy because of the way this team has been heading, but it wouldn't be the first time.
So as baseball takes a breather in the month of October in the city of Philadelphia for the first time since 2006, allow me to explain why it should be back in full force over the next three seasons and into the foreseeable future.