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The BlaseballCares Showdown was a non-canonical exhibition series held by The Game Band during the Grand Siesta on December 13th, 2020. The Showdown was a two-hour guest segment on the fan-run Blaseball Cares Blaseballidays Holiday Charity Stream, held to raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The Showdown was a best-of-3 series between two teams of drafted players; the Danger Zone (managed by Stephen Bell and Elena Murphy) and the Tsushima Ghosts (managed by Roldan Melcon and Sam Rosenthal), with Joel Clark acting as host. Due to time limitations, the series was cancelled at a 1-1 tie after two games.
See the main article on this topic: Danger Zone
The Danger Zone were the team representing Stephen Bell and Elena Murphy. The team was themed around incineration, with the majority of their drafted players having incineration-related modifications such as Fire Eater, Unstable, or Haunted.
During Game 2 of the showdown, Unstable Danger Zone batters Moody Cookbook and Sebastian Telephone were incinerated and replaced with, respectively, the non-canonical player Alx Pineapple and the deceased player Langley Wheeler (due to Squiddish).
See the main article on this topic: Tsushima Ghosts
The Tsushima Ghosts were the team representing Roldan Melcon and Sam Rosenthal. Unlike the Danger Zone, the Ghosts did not have any particular theme to their draft selections, and many of the Ghosts' draft picks were chosen by the stream audience.
The team's name and slogan were a reference to a then-recent Game of the Year Twitter poll tournament held by the video game podcast The Besties in which Blaseball beat the popular 2020 video game Ghost of Tsushima. Despite this, neither Melcon nor Rosenthal had played Ghost of Tsushima at the time of the Showdown.
Prior to the start of the series, each team took turns selecting an existing player to be drafted to their team. Each team selected nine players for their Lineup, but only three for their Rotation (due to the best-of-3 format).
Released players and Coffee Cup guest team players were forbidden from being drafted. Each team was allowed to draft up to two deceased players from the Hall of Flame, and up to two players from the Shadows of Internet League Blaseball teams. All other players had to be selected from the active rosters of active teams at the time of the Showdown.
By guitar pick flip, the Tsushima Ghosts were given first choice. The order of selected draft players is listed below:
|Team||Roster Location||Player||Source Team/Location||Notes|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (1)||Nagomi Mcdaniel||Hawai'i Fridays||The Ghosts initially tried to pick Axel Trololol for their Rotation, but were unable to do so due to Trololol having been Released.|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (1)||Jaxon Buckley||Philly Pies|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Rotation (1)||Wyatt Pothos||Breckenridge Jazz Hands|
|Danger Zone||Rotation (1)||Burke Gonzales||Mexico City Wild Wings|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Rotation (2)||PolkaDot Patterson||Canada Moist Talkers||This pick was selected by the stream audience.|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (2)||Margarito Nava||Boston Flowers|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (2)||Valentine Games||Unlimited Tacos|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (3)||Moody Cookbook||Hall of Flame||The Danger Zone's first allowed Hall of Flame pick.|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (3)||Jessica Telephone||Kansas City Breath Mints|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (4)||Reese Clark||Houston Spies|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (4)||Fitzgerald Blackburn||Houston Spies|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (5)||Alston Cerveza||Canada Moist Talkers|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (5)||Richmond Harrison||Hades Tigers||This pick was selected by the audience.|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (6)||Sebastian Telephone||Hall of Flame||The Danger Zone's second allowed Hall of Flame pick.|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (6)||Pudge Nakamoto||Kansas City Breath Mints||This pick was selected by the audience.|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (7)||Goodwin Morin||Seattle Garages|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Rotation (3)||Mike Townsend||Seattle Garages (Shadows)||The Ghosts' first allowed Shadows pick.|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (8)||Esme Ramsey||Charleston Shoe Thieves|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (7)||Pitching Machine||Seattle Garages|
|Danger Zone||Rotation (2)||Forrest Best||Baltimore Crabs||This pick was allowed despite the Crabs having Ascended by this point, due to them technically still being "active" in the Big Leagues.|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (8)||Lars Taylor||Hellmouth Sunbeams|
|Danger Zone||Lineup (9)||Fish Summer||Canada Moist Talkers|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Lineup (9)||York Silk||Canada Moist Talkers||This pick was selected by the audience.|
|Danger Zone||Rotation (3)||Sutton Bishop||Hellmouth Sunbeams|
This resulted in the following initial rosters:
Following the player draft, each team selected two Weather conditions to form the random Weather pool for the series.
|Tsushima Ghosts||Black Hole|
|Tsushima Ghosts||Solar Eclipse|
|Danger Zone||Solar Eclipse|
|Danger Zone||Solar Eclipse|
|Game||Away Team||Score||Home Team||Pitchers||Weather|
|1||Danger Zone||3||-||4||Tsushima Ghosts||Burke Gonzales||Wyatt Pothos||Solar Eclipse|
|2||Tsushima Ghosts||1||-||5||Danger Zone||PolkaDot Patterson||Forrest Best||Solar Eclipse|