Opening Day for the 2013 Major League Baseball season is just a few days away and the story lines for this season are flying high.
There's the always-under-the-radar San Francisco Giants, who could actually cement themselves as one of baseball's dynasties if they capture another championship this year, which would give them three in the last four seasons.
There's the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who signed the top free agent of the offseason for the second straight year. After 2011, it was Albert Pujols who headed to the AL West after a decade with the St. Louis Cardinals. This time, it was slugger Josh Hamilton, signing with his top division rival after five dominant seasons with the Texas Rangers.
And then there's the Washington Nationals, who boast arguably the best roster in baseball, a team stacked full of top offensive talent (see: Harper, Bryce) and top pitching talent (see: Strasburg, Stephen).
Like any baseball season, though, things won't go as planned. They never do. A few surprise teams will emerge from nowhere. One may even win the World Series.
The following slides highlight 25 bold predictions for the 2013 baseball season, in no particular order, ending with my World Series champion.