Red Sox bathe in motor oil and dirt, retain EOB heavyweight title

’Woooooo,’ says Red Sox manager John Farrell. (USATSI)
’Woooooo,’ says Red Sox manager John Farrell. (USATSI)

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The Red Sox not long ago ripped the belt and the title from the clutches of the Braves, and over the weekend they pounded the Rays into submission. In doing so, the Sox 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 Sox defend the strap against the Rays? As noted in the headline, they intimidated the opposition by covering themselves in Quaker State motor oil and dirt -- which suggests some degree of functional insanity -- and then they unsettled the Rays by insulting their home state. 

Here, check out these official MLB pregame highlights ... 

Very intimidating, I'm sure you'll agree. 

And with that, it's time to admire our Roll Call of Maximum Honor ... 

Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Champion2014 title reign
March 31 - April 4
April 5 - April 14
April 15 - April 23
April 24 - May 2
May 3 - May 10
May 11 - May 14
May 15 - May 17
May 18 - May 24
May 25 - May 27
May 28 - Present

Next up for the champion Red Sox? A three-game road set against the Indians. At stake? The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship ... 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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