Within minutes of the final out of Game 7 of the World Series, Rogers Hornsby's famous quote zoomed through the Twitterverse: "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
If only Hornsby were alive today.
For you, dear baseball fan, there is much to do other than stare out the window until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. However you choose to keep the baseball spirit alive through the dreary winter, there is something for you in The Ultimate Off-Season Survival Guide. Bookmark this now. You'll want to come back to it over and over again.
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Yes, the 2011 Major League Baseball season is over. But around the globe, professional baseball will be played for several more months. You can enjoy these games without leaving the comforts of home.
This Tuesday, November 1, kicks off the Taiwan All-Star Series, a five-games series between a team of MLB players and the Chinese Taipei National Team. Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Pablo Sandoval highlight the MLB team. MLB Network will broadcast all five games. Here's the schedule.
MLB Network will also broadcast several Arizona Fall League games, including the Rising Stars Game on Saturday, November 5. The schedule for these games has not yet been released. Check MLB Network's website for more information.
Baseball in the Caribbean is in full swing. Regular-season games in the Dominican Baseball League will continue through December with playoffs in January. You can watch the Escogido Club's games via livestream here.
The Venezuelan Baseball League is also going strong. You can watch games live through the league's website here.
Plan a Baseball Film Festival
Forget the usual suspects. (Well, don't forget The Usual Suspects. That's a great film). You've seen Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, Bull Durham and Bad News Bears more times than you care to remember. Here are some films you may not have already seen.
Road to the Big Leagues documents the difficult road traveled by young Dominican ballplayers who will do anything to make it to the major leagues in America. The film stars David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero.
A must-see for all baseball fans is The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, a terrific documentary about the Hall-of-Famer who played for the Detroit Tigers in the 1930s.
If you like baseball biopics, there's Cobb starring Tommy Lee Jones as Ty Cobb and Robert Wuhl as Al Stump, the sportswriter chosen by Cobb to help write his autobiography.
For a trip through the Negro Leagues, watch The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings. The film stars James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, so even if the script lacks some zip, you'll still enjoy the acting.
If you're steaming mad about the end of baseball season, perhaps you'll like Ball of Wax starring Mark Mench as a successful, good-looking baseball player who turns the game into a blood sport by pitting teammates against each other.