After years of rust, new ownership has steered the Dodgers back to elite status and the October stage.
Hail to the Giants, worthy champions again. But even their nifty drive to the title can't disguise the continuing decline of the World Series brand.
The World Series champion Cardinals discovered an unexpected foundation of talent and toughness that should serve them well in the coming years. The Rangers, meanwhile, must resist the temptation to let this crushing loss ruin them.
The Rangers, who have undergone several changes in the past year, are back on the national stage with the potential to become the American League's next superpower.
San Francisco will always have the 2010 World Series championship to celebrate. But the rest of us should remember baseball the way it was in 2010, because it might never be the same.
Now that they've ended 56 years of torment, the Giants must learn to embrace a new, unfamiliar course as champions.