The 2013 baseball season is over with the Red Sox winning it all. Certainly winds of change in the air for baseball and 2013 was a transition year. We saw the Pirates, of course, end their 21 year winning drought by making the playoffs. For once in August, fans were talking about McCutcheon and Alvarez and not Roethlisberger and the Steelers. The Indians also made the playoffs, which many did not expect but Terry Francine proved he can manage and manage well despite his failures in Boston.
Younger stars like LA's Puig emerged as the season progressed while Mariano Rivera ended a great career and others like Derek Jeter got closer to the end. Baseball still had to deal with the steriod issue with major suspensions but perhaps that era is almost over too and the younger players will realize they can not get away with it anymore.
If I had to pick a winner for next season based on the rosters today, I'd pick the Dodgers who seem to have it all. They just perhaps needed to get some playoff experience under their belt and will remember their ouster by the Cardinals for sure in 2014. Who will be the surprise team of 2014 like the Pirates were this year. I'd pick the Kansas City Royals who seem close to turning things around and might have been just a year away from making the playoffs. Finally, the Red Sox proved to me that baseball tradition is unlike any other major sport in this country. A storied franchise in a monument of a ballpark like Fenway Park to go along with a fan base as passionate as any other in any sport.
2013 was great and already looking forward to the start of spring training. Afterall, it's just three and a half months away !!!