With a four-game split in Washington, the Eye on Baseball Heavyweight Champion Cardinals have retained their prestigious title by virtue of a draw.
[Obligatory aside: Yes, we know this isn't "news" and some people think it's stupid. That's fine. It's fun for us and many of our readers. Live and let live, baby!]
For those new to the EOB Heavyweight Title discussion, here's what we came up with before last season.
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 2014 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, under item No. 2 above, a four-game split by the Cardinals is tantamount to a draw, triggering a title retention. Here's the path the belt has taken thus far, beginning with the World Series champion Red Sox:
|Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champion||2014 title reign|
|March 31 - April 4|
|April 5 - April 14|
|April 15 - Present|
The next challenger for the Cardinals: The New York Mets. At stake is the unbelievably important Eye on Baseball Heavyweight Championship.