The first round of full series in the 2014 Major League Baseball season have been concluded, and that means it's time for the people who enjoy fun in these parts to bring back the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.
Obligatory aside: No, this most certainly isn't news and many of you will hate this. But a certain segment of our readers love this, so just let them have their fun. Us too!
It was an idea we hatched at the beginning of last season. It was 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.
Now, as we know, the Red Sox won the World Series. And, in fact, they had won the strap from the Rays during their ALDS victory. So they should have retained the title after their World Series victory.
Instead, my esteemed -- albeit misguided, at the time -- colleague Dayn Perry went all Dave/Earl Hebner on us and gave the belt to the Cardinals. Wait ... Hebner? What?
Oh yeah, this (skip to the 5:41 mark for the screwjob):
Picture the Cardinals as Andre the Giant getting the pin while the Red Sox (Hulk Hogan) were screwed over by referee Dayn Perry (Hebner).
Well, I've got to do what is right here. That above clip led to a tournament for the vacated Heavyweight Championship in Wrestlemania IV (which was won by former minor-leaguer Randy "Macho Man" Savage -- see, there's a baseball tie-in!). Except we aren't vacating the thing. The Red Sox just won a tournament in October. They are the champs. So I've overruled Mr. Perry's supposed "EXECUTIVE DECISION" with one of my own. The Red Sox entered the season with the belt.
And having taken two of three from the Orioles in Baltimore, the Red Sox have retained the title. Still the champs and they have the belt to prove it.
Next up: The Brewers visit Fenway Park for a three-game series against the champs. Most importantly, they have a chance to take the gold over to the National League.
Catch the fever, baby! The 2014 baseball season is definitely in full swing when we break out the EOB Heavyweight Championship.