The column ended like this: “Changing managers would accomplish only so much for this team, if anything. The problems with the 2022 Phillies are not subtle. And they are not going away.”

That was on May 31. Three days later, the Phillies fired Joe Girardi. And as the good people of Philadelphia continually remind me on Twitter, the problems almost immediately went away.

After virtually every Phillies victory, my mentions include enough daggers to put another crack in the Liberty Bell. “Take it back!” fans demand. “Apologize!” And various other niceties that, for the sake of the children, I will refrain from repeating.

As the Phillies revived, without Jean Segura and then Bryce Harper, I knew I had to write a mea culpa, but it would be at a time of my choosing, not anyone else’s. So I waited until the Phillies were closing in on their first postseason berth since 2011 to personally investigate how the turnaround happened, talking to players, Girardi’s replacement, Rob Thomson, and the man who made the change, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

The Phillies’ recent five-game losing streak and 3-0 deficit in the eighth inning Wednesday night had me wondering if maybe I was the one owed an apology, but enough of my insolence. After the Phils’ dramatic 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays in 10 innings, I’m taking the high road, if not quite the parade route down Broad Street. My analysis in late May obviously was flawed — no, wait for it, W-R-O-N-G — and I’m happy to own it. No one in baseball is right all the time, no writer, no manager, no executive, and believe it or not, no fan.

One thing I will say in my defense: Several of the players and even Thomson understood why I was skeptical of the Phillies’ chances at the time of Girardi’s dismissal.

“That was kind of everybody’s vibe, right? ‘Nothing’s going to change. The Phillies are going to be the Phillies. It’s been the same thing for 10 years straight, since we haven’t made it to the playoffs,’” Harper said. “But I think everyone knew in here that we are a really good team. We just needed to put it together and get comfortable.”

That was Dombrowski’s sense, too.

“The reality is, when you make those type changes, you’re making a calculated decision,” Dombrowski said of the managerial switch. “But nobody 100 percent knows if it’s going to work. I just thought for our situation we needed a different feeling, a different intensity level.”