The 2010 version of the Philadelphia Phillies is easy to equate to an animal that has had its fill of food and now has laid down to rest and cannot get up.
Once an animal loses its ability to feed and its desire to chase and pursue, it will surely die.
It is not sad, it is not a shame, it is a natural progression that an animal will go through during it's cycle of life. The Phillies are in that position.
They have gotten sluggish, slow, complacent, and weak; they have become easy prey themselves.
When an animal loses it's fight and becomes lazy, lethargic, and passive, usually that animal is taken out behind the barn and put out of it's misery.
There is little productive means to the proverbial end. The 2010 Phillies are close to this tried and true way of out with the old and in with the new.
The animal in this case the 2010 Phillies have slothed their way. They have gorged themselves to three consecutive National League East titles, two National League championships, and one World Series victory.
They are one of two National League teams in thirty five years to play in consecutive World Series championships; the other the 1975-1976 Cincinnatti Reds.
The animal has two choices. Lay there and eventually die and be eaten by predators; or get up and regain the passion and hunger that made them one of the dominant hunters in the game.