November 3, 2010 4:05 PM ET
No need to tip your cap to us, Brian Wilson. We're just trying to help out your fans.
The amazingly unpredictable 2010 MLB season came to a close on Monday. The San Francisco Giants now have roughly 14 weeks (that's 2,400 hours) to relax, celebrate and enjoy their World Series Championship while baseball fans have to sit and wait. If you're one of those people who is completely distraught over the fact that there is no more baseball to be watched (unless you DVR'd some games you missed ... don't worry -- we won't judge), you need not fret. We've come up with a nice, busy schedule for you to help pass the time until pitchers and catchers report on February 13, 2011. In fact, by the time Spring Training is back in full swing, you won't even have noticed that baseball was on hiatus.
Between all the shopping, cooking, parties, family time and socializing you'll be doing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Years Eve, how can you even have time to begin missing hardball? Unless you're stuck in the kitchen opening up cans of corn or stranded at home cleaning plates. Before you know it, it'll be Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and Valentine's Day in February to help ease you along, right up to when pitchers and catchers report. Okay, so Valentine's Day isn't for everyone, but you can always express your love for your team or favorite player instead of getting all mushy.
Lest you forget that the NFL, NBA and NHL are very much in full swing, not to mention the fact that two of those sports will carry you well into the next MLB season. Meanwhile, the NFL will be winding down and weeding out the non-contenders as January approaches with the playoffs. Of course, there's the off-week before the Super Bowl when you can watching the mega-exciting Winter X Games 15 (January 27-30 on ESPN and ESPN2). Then, next thing you know, BOOM! It's February 6, Super Bowl XLV is being played and then you've got only one more week till Spring Training begins. See? That was easy.
Eh, why not some more baseball?
The rest of this month is when the league systematically gives out Golden Glove, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and MVP awards, which means you'll get to see all the great highlights from some of the brightest stars of the 2010 season. There's also the Arizona, Venezuelan, Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican Winter Leagues which go on all throughout MLB's off-time. Oh, and did we mention there will be MLB Winter Meetings and free agency madness to keep that little glimmer of America's pastime in your eyes? Yeah, there's that.
There you go, depressed MLB fan -- you're all set. Hold your head up high, knowing that you've got plenty going on until the 2011 MLB Spring Training begins.