Blue Jays dress up like Elmo, pin Twins, retain EOB title
All hail the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champions -- the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Sunday, the Blue Jays completed a sweep of the Twins and in doing so notched a dominating defense of 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 Blue Jays successfully retain the strap? Well, they turned to the successful models of the past. Specifically, they took a page out of the Tigers' book on title defenses: they dressed up like Elmo and then delivered an unholy ass-beating.
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A wide swath of vanquished opponents is what you see above.
And that brings us to our Roll Call of Champions ...
Up next for the Blue Jays, owners of both belt and title? A home set against the Angels. At stake? The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship ...