An all-West Coast World Series, a distinct possibility at this point, would present an image of baseball that is young, new and forward-looking, despite the inconvenient time zone for many in the East Coast.
Although there will never be another Don Zimmer with his unique collection of baseball memories and experiences, baseball itself will go on and 20 years from now it is possible that few fans will remember baseball without people like Bochy, Righetti, Hurdle or other newer baseball lifers.
As baseball season gets underway, fans, players, managers and umpires are faced with the specter of the game becoming both faster and slower thanks to the new instant replay rules that have been put in effect for the first time.
In case you hadn't noticed, there was a resurgence of interest this past year in my great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States and the only President also to serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
At all ages, no athlete wants to take him or herself off the field, and coaches don't want to force them. However, an already difficult situation becomes next to impossible when you add in the ever-compelling element of money.