I don't know, Tennessee. I profess to not understand how fans root against the team that they profess to be a part of. The lesson of 2006 is real. That team got in with 83 wins, won a World Series, and then the front office made the mistake of bringing so many of the players back for a reunion tour thinking that the team of October was what would happen in 2007 and not the 83-win team of the previous six months. What happened? Losing record.
So, was that a bad gig for fans? Was the 2006 title the worst thing that happened to fans? Or was a playoff berth something to be celebrated because every so often it leads to a title?
First, it wouldn't "accomplishing" their goal. They didn't win the division. Period. They failed to meet their goal as an organization. They found another route in, but they failed to meet their regular-season goal. Full stop. If it leads to a title, they overcame that failure to be champions.
Second, good gravy. The Seattle Mariners haven't been to the postseason since the flip phone or something. When was a playoff berth "a fan's worst nightmare"? The Brewers, as an organization, are about to go to the playoffs four consecutive years FOR THE FIRST TIME in club history. They have no titles. The Cardinals within the past decade went to four consecutive NLCS. I'm having a hard time processing how any playoff berth is a "worst nightmare."
Finally, we all hope COVID will be gone next year.