Congratulations to the 2067 Weaver League Champions, the Entebbe Zealots!
When a team claims a title in dominant fashion, often the toughest opponent to deal with in the seasons ahead is “the disease of more”. Players want increased roles and a matching salary to boot, while management can sometimes be caught resting on their laurels, basking in the glow of praise from their peers as well as the home fanbase. Would the 2067 Entebbe Zealots fall victim to this curse?
The answer to that question was a resounding NO, as Entebbe exceeded their win total by 8 games during the regular season to finish 120-42. The Zealots needed every one of those wins too, as the Stockholm Swedes put forth their claim as the next powerhouse-in-waiting with a 111-51 record.
The Zealots offense featured a staggering 7 hitters batting over .270, with MVP 3B Jud Wilson leading the way (.308/43/112). While Wilson may have won the actual award, CF Carey Blais (.283/37/90), 1B Bobby Muich (.288/43/117), and RF Art Harris (.282/38/97) all provided stiff internal competition by logging MVP-caliber seasons themselves. On the mound, RHP Francisco Matthei dominated the league in recording his 2nd Pitching Triple Crown (24-4/1.59/228) en route to his 3rd Cy Young award. RHP Al Link came in 2nd in the BL Cy Young voting after winning 22 games and posting a 2.15 ERA.
With such dominant regular season performances, most pundits bet on the Zealots winning the Weaver Cup in short order. The Roehm Champion Havana Cigars must have missed the memo, though, stealing the 1st game on the road 4-3 and evening up the series in Game 4 with a 5-1 win. With the series down to best of 3, Havana hoped to pull off a surprising upset but their inability to get any offense going in Games 5 and 6 sealed their fate.
After the stern wakeup call in the LCS round, Entebbe was determined to avoid any sort of repeat and blasted the Polanski Champion Sapporo Snow Monkeys 4-0. Zealots bats plated home an impressive 35 runs in 4 games, with 19 coming in a Game 3 drubbing. RHP Matthei claimed the Weaver Series MVP with bookend wins in Games 1 and 4.
For one glorious spring day, though, any thoughts of the Zealots faltering melted away in the warm afternoon sun. Today was a day to celebrate, and throngs of Entebbe fans in high spirits came out to catch a glimpse of their returning heroes at the rally held on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. The worries could wait, because Entebbe now had 2 titles under their belt and the players and management both seemed hungry for more. How many more? Not 1, not 2, but maybe 3 in 2068? Congrats again Entebbe!