The 60 game 2020 shouldn't really be counted. And, as mentioned upthread, 2021 was a pretty great run.Right, it's like there is a significant portion of SoSH that is ok with more or less throwing away the last 4 years of our lives in exchange for mediocre baseball and an if-you-squint chance of being good in 2024 or 2025? If they weren't going to truly contend for the last 4 years, they should have tanked much harder. I don't care that they've been ~.500 the last two years, that's not interesting to me, I'd rather be ~.400 and hoarding prospects and picks and trading the likes of Sale, Paxton, JDM, Duvall, Verdugo, etc.
Thought experiment: what happens if either 2022 wasn't tanked by injuries or if 2023 had come together, and so, just one of those years brought us deep into the ALCS again?
I think most folks are OK with a couple of competitive runs while the club overall grows stronger and younger (with better prospects on the way.)