By Shain Gillet
Clipper Sports Editor
The Major League Baseball World Series began Wednesday night, and baseball fans everywhere couldn’t be happier.
Or sadder, depending on if their favorite team made it to the Fall Classic or not.
Whether you’re celebrating or hoping that one of the two teams drops the series this year, this next set of games will be the last you’ll get to see for the next four-plus months.
As I look at the World Series matchup from just about every angle, I can’t help but have the feeling of missing the sport once the series is over.
It could end in as little as four games, or as many as seven. Either way, I’m going to miss watching the sport nonetheless.
However, thanks to the ever-expanding cable options and all its sports-related networks and channels, I won’t have to miss it for very long.
The MLB Network, which came into existence in August of 2011 and has grown ever since it started, is the main reason I won’t have to miss its intricacies for very long.
It’s a fun network to watch, and it boasts some of the better color personalities in combination with some well-known former players in my generation.
One thing I like about the network is its dedication to keeping the stories flowing through the offseason. The winter meetings is one thing the network covers that I had typically not had any interest in.
The year Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, I would have never known what was going on behind the scenes without the network digging deep into the trenches.
Even last off-season was one to watch. My favorite team signed a big free agent name, then traded for another player that filled out the line up really well.
They fell short of getting to the World Series this season, and still have to get some key pieces signed this offseason if they want to remain relevant for 2014.
Baseball, unlike football, doesn’t have to be missed for very long; however, Spring Training (or preseason games, if you prefer) start in late February or early March.
With only four months of offseason training for baseball, it’s the shortest amount of time spent between the end of one season and the beginning of another.
The NBA has just as short an offseason as baseball does. The Finals occur in mid- to late June, and the season started on Oct. 8 for the Jazz, a little over three months after the final game.
My point through this entire rant is this: while I will miss the season that was, I still look forward to the season that will be.
I also look forward to watching the offseason happenings, again thanks to cable.
Now all my focus can go towards football, college and otherwise.