I'd actually argue that going into the 2006-2008 Seasons the Onfield product was better
The 06 season saw us get Ryan, AJ, Glaus and Overbay to a core of a young Halladay Wells and Rios.
Going into 07 we had amazing seasons by Rios, Wells, Halladay, Glaus , Overbay and Ryan the new addition of DH of Thomas and a 87 win second place finish.
Going into 08 we had the strongest pitching staff in baseball and a payroll on the verge of $100 mill.
Again the average fan doesn't know about our deep farm. We had a the least active offseason since 04 when our prized signing was Corey koskie. So where did this rejuvenated enthusiasm come from