I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve lost interest in Major League Baseball over the last few years. The same eight teams make the playoffs every year and the same two or three have the ability to challenge for the World Series. Typically, the teams that spend the most money (i.e. the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies) have the best shot at a title.

That leaves me, as fan of the Cleveland Indians, disinterested in the baseball season about midway through May. Cleveland is normally out of any sort of divisional race by that point and their main purpose over the last few years has been to act as a farm team for the Yankees and Phillies.

I mean, think about it: Three out of the four starting pitchers in Game 1 of the last two World Series’ have been no more than three years removed from playing for the Tribe. It’s sickening, really.

With that being said, this year’s World Series was an absolute phenomenon. The San Francisco Giants, eventual winner, has one superstar caliber player in Tim Lincecum. And he wasn’t even a part of four of the six games.

Texas is relatively similar. You can make an argument that Josh Hamilton is a star but, other than him, the Rangers played four of the six games without their superstar Cliff Lee as well.

This was the first season in a long time that each division in both leagues was competitive. The Yankees – the highest paid team in baseball by a large margin – was knocked off by a team that nearly filed for bankruptcy earlier in the season.

For the first time in years, I am sincerely excited for baseball season to begin. Could this incredible series have marked the beginning of a new time for Major League Baseball?