While players, such as Seattle's Felix Hernandez, will tell you that they make the best of their situation and do what they can to help their team win, there's no doubting one thing.
They hate losing.
This is why they're in a competitive sport. They're driven to excel in their personal game and assist in the collective goal of winning a championship.
Throughout the decades, we've seen some of the greats athletes of our lifetime fail to ride a float in a parade through the downtown area of their home town.
In baseball we had Ken Griffey Jr., Ernie Banks, Tony Gwynn and Harmon Killebrew. The Red Sox had a slew of greats never get sized for a ring, lead by Yaz and Teddy Ballgame.
Other sports saw guys like Karl Malone, John Stockton, Jim Kelley and Dan Marino never reach the pinnacle.
Then you have guys like a Cal Ripken Jr., or more recently Miguel Cabrera. They won a championship early in their career. They likely thought that was only the beginning of good things to come, only to never make it back.
Here's a look at some of today's best players currently stranded on an island of suck.