PA was getting up there and sooner or later the sons were going to take over. Odds are the sons would have seen some of their father's shortcomings (Refusal to spend in the International market, Painstakingly slow in approving things, stepping in and signing "fan favorites" ie. Chris Davis contract, etc.) and would have gotten someone good to fix things, maybe not as good as Elais but good (and given them much more autonomy of course). I'd still take that hypothetical option in going for it in 2015 and not sitting on your rear, even if that meant not getting Elias. But it can be hard to predict future. Maybe we do that and we don't win. Maybe the guy we hire next for rebuilding botches it. Perhaps that's the silver lining but we'll never know. Of course we won't care about that if Elias brings us a contender and wins the World Series. And that's something I think we can all agree on.