Baseball is a trying game.
I've been ridiculously lucky on multiple fronts during the course of my career: 1) to be working in baseball at all, 2) to be associated with some great organizations and people, and 3) to have had the opportunity to go to the playoffs a bunch of times. In short, I'm spoiled.
That said, despite multiple 100-win seasons, and a bunch of Division titles, I have never had a season go smoothly from beginning to end. It's always been a rollercoaster. Of course, that is part of the fun, but it's not so much fun when you're in the trough section. People have often said things to me like, "You have the greatest job in the world" or "I would do anything to have your job." I jokingly say, "That's exactly what I thought before I got it." The reality is that these jobs are incredibly painful when you've lost seven out of eight.
At this point I'm not sure what is more frustrating: the fact that we're not playing the way we know we can or the fact that despite our disappointing play we're still just 8 games out of first. Don't get me wrong, we're incredibly fortunate to be that close given our performance, so we should be thankful, but it compounds the frustration because we should be in a better position.
I know our fans share our frustration. The last good stretch when we won seven out of eight was during our last homestand, so hopefully we'll be able to pull off a similar run during this homestand and get back to the fun part of the job.