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LLLLLLLLadies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, CBSSports.com is here to note that the St. Louis Cardinals are still the Eye on Baseball heavyweight champions of the worrrrrrrrrrld.
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Anyway, the St. Louis Cardinals won the Eye on Baseball heavyweight championship this past weekend by taking two of three from the Giants -- who brought the strap into the season via the World Series title last October.
And after being bloodied by the Reds in the waning seconds of Round 1 this series (13-4 after the Reds scored nine runs in the ninth), the Cardinals recovered to take down the Reds in convincing fashion Tuesday (5-1) and completely knock them out (10-0) Wednesday. It was a three-game series, so the Cardinals keep the belt.
Note that even if it were a four-gamer, the Cardinals would have already done enough to retain. Here are the rules:
1. A team must win a series from the champion to take the belt. One game isn't going to cut it, considering it's a 162-game season and teams all view the season in terms of series.
2. If the belt-holder splits a series (two- or four-game series), it retains. Much like a draw in boxing or a count-out situation in pro wrestling, you don't get the belt unless you actually beat the champion. A tie isn't good enough.
3. If, at the end of the regular season, the belt-holder does not make the playoffs -- and due to the dynamics of this thing, that scenario is entirely plausible -- said team will be stripped of the title for not qualifying for the postseason. Then, the winner of the playoffs -- the World Series -- takes the belt and the title into the offseason.
And now, here's our running big board.
The Cardinals now will host the Brewers this weekend for a three-game series. Can the Crew take the belt away, or will the Redbirds hold on for at least one more series? We'll check back in Sunday.
And if you ain't down with that, well ...