The Fightin' A's had, a for a fugitive moment, the belt and the title within their grasp, but then a fatal miscalculation allowed the Angels to retain the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.
Wait, the "Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship"? What's that? That, readers, is 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.
So how did the A's fritter away the title? Well, staked to a ninth-inning lead, they climbed to the top turnbuckle with designs on landing their finishing move. Then something happened. Check out these official game highlights:
From that point, the three-count was merest formality. The Angels took merciless advantage of the A's sky-scraping bravado, and the EOB strap remains in the O.C., to the dismay of Oakland rooters the world over.
With that, let us now survey the Roll Call of Champions ...
Next up for the strap-holding Angels? A three-game home set with the Mariners. At stake? The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship ...