Pruitt breaks new ground with “The Pennant Races in Rhyming Couplets.” Keeps eyes on the Talker baseball prediction prize.

As you may know, recently in Make Predictions. Win cash., Talker offered a $100 cash prize to the Talker who could most accurately predict the results of the 2017 baseball season.

The premise is simple. Make your playoff predictions either through email at dkramer3@naz.edu or in the comment section below. You need to pick the Wild Cards for each league, the Division Series winners, the League Championship winners and the World Series winner.  Whoever is closest wins $100.

The contest goes until May 1st.

One of the first takers was Bill Pruitt, whose poetry and prose have graced our screens.  Perhaps most memorable is Bill’s magisterial birthday gift, “Ode to the Talker.”

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Bill was too gentlemanly to cash his (misspelled) check from Says who you can’t get rich being a writer.

Bill’s entrancehttp://talkerofthetown.com/2016/09/28/happy-first-birthday-distinguished-poet-offer/ in the contest was not surprising. Along with our other court poets, Bill is profiled in Says who you can’t get rich being a writer. In the article, Bill discusses that while poetry has provided ample psychic rewards, his financial gains have been negligible.

To rectify the situation, Bill is including a genre-making poem, “The Pennant Races in Rhyming Couplets.” As Bill fully expects to win the contest, he will — quite validly — be able to claim he was paid $100 for the poem.

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An earlier baseball poem set in St. Louis

As a warm-up, Bill is including “Apoclypse at Grand & Dodier,” set in his beloved home town of St. Louis and the old Sportsman’s Park.

 

The Pennant Races in Rhyming Couplets

 

Oh Muse, I to the Triad Triple Goddess sing,

O Ninefold One, reveal to me, bring

Knowledge of that sport inscribed to you,

Where the sacred nine in structure holds things true

 

Nine players on the field, nine innings to a game,

Sacred to Helicon and the Muses’ flame

Show me how out of games 121 score and ten

(The number before the best ten get to play again)

 

Show how the matchups interweave and coil

Divide and connect through spring, summer, fall

Till we come to the playoffs, pause and regroup

Tell what morsels emerge from this murky soup

 

For 162, the Red Sox will prevail

For no rotation sets up like Porcello, Price and Sale

And in the playoffs will haul down the Stros

(Who in the wild card had dispatched the Os)

 

While the blue-blooded Royals boldly sink the Mariners,

And then, despite the Trumpish trolls who diss those whom they call foreigners

It is the Panda, the Venezuelan Sandoval,

Who steals home to win the pennant and shock all

 

Meanwhile in the Senior Circuit surge

The Nationals, as the role of Demiurge

Is shared by Harper, Scherzer and Roark

But lo, it appears their bite is less than their bark,

 

When the Cardinals, of Medieval tradesmen comprised,

Fowler, Wainwright and Carpenter, uprise,

In a show of force that had the Dodgers smashed

In a surprisingly one-sided wild card match

 

To knock off the Nationals in five rounds,

Now face the Giants, (who had put the Cubs down),

To harry Frisco on the bases to and fro

While every game is close, and saved by Oh

 

Till in the series all you hear about is 2004

When the Cards were steamrolled and swept out the door

By the Sox, but now it’s more like 1946

When the series went seven, Redbirds  missing no tricks

 

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Unfortunately for the Cardinals, there was no Game 5 of the 2004 World Series as the Cards were “Bedazzled” by the Sox in a sweep. Rochester  Democrat and Chronicle, October 28, 2004

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Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, October 16th, 1946

 

As Molina keeps making base runners lose face

And Carpenter keeps taking the extra base

As the playoff team with the season’s fewest wins

Beats the one with the most, again

 

In layman’s terms, Bill has predicted. 

AL Wild Cards: Houston, Baltimore

Division Series winners.   Boston over Houston; Royals over Mariners

League Championship winner:  Boston

NL Wild Cards: St. Louis, Los Angeles

Division Series winners.   St. Louis over Washington; San Francisco over Chicago

League Championship winner:   St. Louis over San Franciso

World Series:  St. Louis over Boston. Bill predicts the Cards will take a 3-1 lead over the Sox in world series contests.  St. Louis won in ’46 and ’67, both in 7 games, while Boston won 4-0 in ’04.

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