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

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 [email protected] 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.”


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

Bill’s entrance 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



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


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 3-2 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 and 4-2 in ’13.


Make Predictions. Win cash.

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About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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