Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight
In the Baseball Stats region, we had the top seed OPS taking down #12 Quality Starts in the Sweet Sixteen and Cinderella #15 On Base Pct. taking down #6 WAR to create the all on base regional final. In said final, #1 OPS routs the underdog to reach the Final Four, because hey On Base Pct. is nice but it is better when you add Slugging Pct.
In the Baseball Records region, two quality Sweet Sixteen match-ups with #4 Cy Young's 511 career Wins taking down #8 Ted Williams' .406 in 1941. No one will ever come close to Young's career wins while someone will probably one year hit over .400 again. In the other match-up, #2 Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games streak tops #6 Chief Wilson's impressive 36 triples in 1912. In the regional final, Cy Young takes down Cal Ripken to reach the Final Four. Hey, the guy has a major award named for him.
In the Baseball Books region, two more quality match-ups in the Sweet Sixteen. In the All-Sox related match-up of #1 The Curse of the Bambino and #4 Now I Can Die in Peace, we have another #1 going down as Bill Simmons (a favorite of several Maineiacs) taking down Dan Shaughnessy. On the other side we have #3 Ball Four upsetting #2 Moneyball. In the regional final, #3 Ball Four gets it done and advances to Annie and Chester's driveway in beautiful Hermon, Maine for the Final Four.
In the Baseball Movies region, more quality as the magic for #5 The Bad News Bears runs out vs. #1 Major League. Apparently, Billy Bob Thornton stood in as Buttermaker. In the other contest, #2 Bull Durham outlasts #3 Field of Dreams, thanks largely to a motivational mound meeting.
In the regional final, the only #1 to advance to the driveway, Major League squeezes out the victory.
In our first Final Four match-up, we have Baseball Stats Champion OPS taking on Baseball Records Champion Cy Young's 511 career wins. Stats are great, but accumulating them are better, so Cy Young takes down OPS to play for the title.
In our second Final Four match-up, we have Baseball Books Champion Ball Four taking on Baseball Movies Champion Major League. Without books there would be no movies, however it is the digital age so Major League advances to the finale.
In the Final, we have real-life baseball vs. fictional baseball. Since only perhaps the Deacon actually saw Cy Young play but, all of the Maineiacs have seen Major League. Our first champion is the fictional Indians and their skipper Lou Brown.
Thanks to all the voted and followed along with this endeavor. Go Sox!