PHILADELPHIA — There will be aspects about it that will make you cringe.
Some may bring tears to your eyes. Others will tick you off.
It comes with the territory.
Parting ways and making changes are rarely easy.
It means putting your favorite player's shersey in the bottom of your drawer. It means cheering for some players you know little about. It means you might see a guy in the lineup you used to boo.
Bringing in talented players is a must. But adding some young, hungry guys is something that's vital to this club. Don't think manager Charlie Manuel hasn't noticed those types of changes helping the Washington Nationals.
"They've got a lot of life," Manuel said. "Those young players bring a lot of energy to their team. Not only that, it brought a lot of talent to their pitching. We played them there, they were up and they were playing good, they carried a lot of want-to and a lot of energy."
It's hard to believe this crew is as hungry as it was back in 2007. With a seven-game hole with 17 to play that season, they climbed out of it in Game 162 with Jamie Moyer on the mound, and the Phillies, coupled with a historic Mets collapse, clinched the NL East title and clawed into the postseason for the first time since 1993.
Then Rollins started hearing whispers he didn't like.
"They used that word (complacent) a couple of years ago," Rollins said in May. "After we won, we became complacent. But we found a way to win. So if complacency leads to finding a way to win, that's a good thing. I definitely never used that word when you're talking about pro athletes."
Well, the Phillies aren't in the basement because they lack that much talent. And the injuries are only part of the problem.
It took Manuel until early June, but he admitted six weeks ago that key piece is missing with the 2012 Phillies.
"We used to have a swagger and used to be cocky in a real good way and teams used to fear us," he said. "I don't see that fear anymore."
The hope would be that down the line, the personnel changes would make up for the initial frustrations fans feel when numerous changes are made to a team they've fallen in love with, and they'd get the Phils back in the playoff hunt again.
Yes, that's right. You heard me: NEXT YEAR.
Maybe they'll find themselves in contention in 2013. Could take till the year after that for things to return to what has become "the norm" in South Philadelphia. It's not happening this season.
The Phillies entered play Saturday 13 1/2 games out of first place, and it's to the point where making the postseason seems almost impossible.
Back in May when the Phillies were sputtering and manager Charlie Manuel called a team meeting, Jimmy Rollins said it was too early to talk about the 2012 season not panning out.
With the Phillies having played game No. 95 on Saturday, it's crunch time. Rollins as much as said so back in May.