The Angels are in Boston — legend has it, seeking a split now at Fenway.
Improbable comeback aside, Sunday’s win stayed surprisingly close to prophecy. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim closed a three-game series at Tropicana Field with a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, winning by one of the exact scores Nostradamus had reportedly predicted more than 450 years ago.
The quatrain in question was released in early March by WikiLeaks and has been interpreted several ways to produce various selective outcomes, the most obvious being an Angels victory on May 1st. News spread on the internet and in gambling forums, with interpretations of the text to be a relatively open slate.
Six five or six one wings of angeles cheer,The victors of rays seek a split now in Boston.Over patchwork slabs a parlay sparks flame,Against the spread of darkness, daylight becomes.— The Prophecies of the Express Written Consent of Major League Baseball
Staff ace Jered Weaver was scheduled to start Sunday but had lost nine pounds since coming down with a stomach illness late last week. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia made the decision to rest Weaver (at 6-0, the first pitcher in MLB history with six wins by April 25) and start rookie Tyler Chatwood instead. In a snap, the Angels flipped from slight favorite to underdog.
“Rubber game of the series, Angels on the road about to head to Boston after the embarrassment last week,” one handicapper at sportsadvisors.com said, referring to the Red Sox four-game sweep of the Angels in Anaheim. “Rays trying to score runs early for (Alex) Cobb in his debut at home. Both teams coming off a low scoring game, looking for momentum. No way to rely on the starters here.”
Sure enough, the Rays batted around the order in the 1st inning, jumping to a quick 5-0 lead. Hank Conger hit a solo homer in the 2nd and the Angels added four more runs in the 5th to tie the game. In the top of the 8th, Vernon Wells stayed in a rundown long enough to allow Torii Hunter to score the go-ahead run and rookie Jordan Walden shut the door in the 9th to earn his fifth save since taking over as closer.
Drawing to an inside straight, six five angeles cheer, just as Nostradamus planned.
The verdict is also in for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, having released yet another winning Nostradamus sports pick, this time notably in advance of the event. The certitude and accuracy that’s become so identifiable with these quatrains — underscored by Sunday’s exact score — have only furthered demands calling for Assange to release the remainder of the picks he is said to be holding.
Last July, Assange released a Nostradamus quatrain appearing to suggest Spain would win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, just days after Spain did exactly that. WikiLeaks followed with The Prophecies of October 23, 2010 — UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, released in the aftermath of more than $65 million in Bodog.com transfers traced back to Assange. It’s reported he has personally won more than $150 million from these picks since early last year, although this figure has never been confirmed.
While the extent of the WikiLeaks holdings is unknown, a non-profit organization has started a Twitter campaign with a goal of forcing Assange and WikiLeaks to release all Nostradamus sports picks to the public. Taking its demands where the French government and USA Today’s Danny Sheridan previously failed, Gamblers Against Julian Assange (“GAJA”) claims to be made up of individual gamblers seeking full disclosure and transparency, making no bones about its plans to wager on the picks.
“We are non-profit until he releases (the picks), at which time we, as individuals, will wager on them,” GAJA said in a recent Facebook post. “The organization itself never profits, only works on behalf of the individuals.”
As the Angels and Red Sox open their four-game series, it’s also uncertain if the most recent quatrain has fully exhausted its payout potential. Jim Nichols at the Mirage Sports Book in Las Vegas assumes it has but others aren’t so sure.
At covers.com, one poster suggests playing for the split: “the Angels, being the victors of Rays, start a four game set in Boston. Meaning, whoever is losing the series 2-1, pick that team to win the 4th game of the series on Thursday.”
So there may be more to come … Against the spread of darkness, daylight becomes.
After the first three night games at Fenway, Thursday’s final game of the series is an afternoon start.
**UPDATE** — May 5, 2011 —Angels split series with 11-0 win over Red Sox
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