In Street & Smith’s now defunct. Here is Kramer & Kramer’s Official 2016 Yearbook you read the fearless predictions of Eugene and David Kramer.
Before getting to the final grades and postseason photo montage, let’s review our spectacular season.
Last year, you read about Willie Mays, the 1973 World Series and Yogi and Dale Berra and also saw playboy George Brett in Playgirl.
The season began on Opening Day when the Royal beat the Mets just as they had in the 2015 World Series.
In May, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day when Jackie Robinson broke the color line at Red Wings Stadium.
In August, we were back at Silver Stadium when the p.a. announcer told us Nixon had resigned.
September was the 45th anniversary of the day the Pittsurgh Pirates fielded an all African-American lineup.
October was the pain of re-living the ball roll through Buckner’s legs and skinny dipping in Rhode Island.
Well, as for those predictions:
AL East: Toronto; AL Central: Kansas City; AL West: Texas
Wild Cards: Seattle, New York
NL East: Washington; NL Central: St. Louis; NL West: San Francisco
Wild Cards: Chicago, New York
World Series: San Francisco over Kansas City.
Correctly picked 6 of the ten post season teams. The Mariners, Royals and Cardinal made late runs but let me down. Lost interest in the Yankees after A-Rod retired. Was way off in the post season. I self-grade a C plus.
World Series: Mets over Yankees.
The Mets did make the wild card game but lost. The Yankees didn’t make the playoffs.
Aunt Janet made a late prediction, writing on May 26th: “You have my season prediction, Royals vs. Cubs.”
That’s too little, too late in my grade book. Janet didn’t even say who would win. Grade D or Incomplete (if feeling charitable).
UPDATE: Janet has petitioned for a grade change, writing: I was not late! I answered your email as soon as possible my dear nephew. And, you didn’t ask me who would win as I recall, just which teams would be in the World Series.
Fine. I’ll raise to B. I will note that Janet was given ample opportunity for extra credit. I wrote to her:
1) You ought buy the complete set of the inaugural season of the Royals and create another shrine. 2) find and scan articles in the Seattle press about the 1945 world series, the last time the Cubs were in the world series 3) in your opinion make some point that you are picking the Royal because George Brett was a playboy or despite George Brett being a playboy.
Janet’s only response was: “I’ll think about it.”
We at K & K firmly believe that fans watching on tv can influence outcomes. So, during the playoffs, we dressed in appropriate outfits to support our teams, including “hexing” the opposition.
Throughout the playoffs, I was rooting for Cleveland where my friend Joe Volpe is an attorney. Joe and I were grad students in English in the mid 1990’s to early 2000’s at the University of Rhode Island.
Initially, Joe tried to get us World Series seats, but tickets were over 700 dollars and counting for standing rooms only. We also considered going to Progressive Field where on huge TV screens Indians fans watched the games in Chicago.
Actually, Joe and I have a long baseball history. At URI, we both played for the Rams. One year we made the Atlantic Ten first team, myself at short and Joe at second.
Until this season, Joe had drifted away from baseball, but the Tribe’s magical season revived his love for the game. During the seventh game, we spoke on the phone for the last several innings. In Joe’s voice, I heard that same passion from our days on the playing fields of Kingston.
During the rain delay after the ninth inning, Joe checked for himself the stormy skies of northern Ohio, determining the delay would be short. It was a short delay, but when play resumed the Indians hopes were themselves short lived. The Cubs rallied for two in the top of the tenth while the Indians could only answer with one of their own.
Joe, don’t despair. Next year K & K picks the Tribe in six.