The point, I suppose, is that it can be done. And when it is done this way, through farm talent, the results can be lasting. In the case of the Phillies, before their gradual ascent started in 2001, they had suffered seven straight losing seasons. In fact, with the notable exception of a World Series appearance in 1993, the Phils were losers in 13 of 14 seasons from 1987 through 2000. For the most part, it was a drought not unlike the one here.