What, exactly, are we talking about? This:
Since the concept of championship belts is cool in boxing, MMA and sports entertainment (aka pro wrestling), the Eye on Baseball team has decided to create a Heavyweight Championship belt for the 2013 season.
As the defending World Series champions, the Giants entered the season with the strap. From there, here are our 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 on 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.
On Saturday, it's was chiefly Adam Wainwright who jiu-jitsu'd the Brewers into submission. Not only did Wainwright spin a complete-game, four-hit shutout and tie a career high with 12 strikeouts (11 swinging), but he also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two ribbies and a run scored. Back on the pitching front, the 31-year-old right-hander has yet to walk a batter in 2013. For those uncomfortable with high-level mathematics, he now has more shutouts than walks on the season.
In other words, we've sized the EOB championship belt to fit Mr. Wainwright.
Add it all up, and the Cards are on a nice little run as owners of belt and title. In fact, they've ensured they'll hold the belt through at least Monday (Jackie Robinson Day!), when they begin a three-game set in Pittsburgh ...
Now let's toss it over to Gordon Solie for an interview with the champs!