Thanks in large part to yet another stellar performance by Nature Boy Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals on Tuesday night took the second game of their series with the Nationals and in doing so ensured that they'll retain the coveted Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.
The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship? What's that? That's 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.
Next up for the Cardinals, owners of belt and title? They'll return home to St. Louis and mount a defense against the masked Pirates from parts unknown.
And now let's take it to the big board and feast our eyes upon the Cardinals' impressive title run. As Ric Flar would hasten to remind us,
wooooooooo if you want to be the man you've got to beat the man ...
By taking care of the dirty work in DC, the Cards have ensured they'll keep the belt through at least Friday. Harley Race would be proud!