It took precisely three seconds for the Rockies to pin the Rangers on Wednesday night, and in doing so they retained the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.
Wait, the "Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship"? What's that? That, friends, is this ...
The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship, inspired by the valorous glories of professional wrestling, is back for a second season.
The defending World Series champ starts the regular season with the belt. 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 Rox defend the strap against the Rangers? As mentioned, it didn't take long. Check out these official MLB highlights ...
OK, to be perfectly technical about it the Rockies successfully defended the belt with Tuesday night's win (the two-and-two, home-and-home interleague set counts as one series for our purposes), but, well, whatever.
And now let us cast unworthy eyes upon the Roll Call of Champions ...
|Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champion||2014 title reign|
|March 31 - April 4|
|April 5 - April 14|
|April 15 - April 23|
|April 24 - May 2|
|May 3 - Present|
Next up for the champs? They'll head to Cincinnati for a three-game set against the Reds. At stake? The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship ...