With a strikeout last night, Brian Wilson ended the 2010 baseball season, clinching the World Series for the San Francisco Giants.
Congratulations to the Giants and all of their fans. With that dominant pitching, it was clear they would be a force in the post-season, and their offense came together to create enough runs to get the job done. With players like Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey all young and controllable, the team has a chance to remain successful for much of the near future. If they were able to succeed this well with the rag-tag offense they put together, imagine what they could do with some more consistent bats.
While it was all celebrations in San Francisco, baseball fans elsewhere were faced with the stark reality that Major League games won't be played for quite a while. As Hall of Famer Roger Hornsby once said, "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
Luckily, with Twitter and the wonderful people at MLB Trade Rumors, we at least have something different to stare at. The off-season looks to be a memorable one, with big free agents like Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth and the sure to be interesting scenarios with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. There's also a chance that we'll see some major names on the trading block, as sluggers Adrian Gonzalez and Prince Fielder, as well as last year's Cy Young award winner, Zack Greinke, have all seen their names pop up in rumors.
So baseball fans, as best you can, enjoy the off-season. We'll have all of the big stories covered here at Front Office Fans, in addition to coverage of the loaded sports scene of NBA, NFL and NHL action.
In the meantime, just remember: only 104 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.