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Nostradamus predicts the 2008 baseball season

All the scholars have had it wrong. 16th-century prophet Nostradamus was not predicting Hitler, the Anti-christ or 9/11. It turns out that his dense, obscurist writings were all to do with the 2008 baseball season. Here are the very first three quatrains of Century 1, with appropriate annotations, which point to the Diamondbacks facing the White Sox in the World Series. You heard it here first, folks.

Sitting alone at night in secret study;
it is placed on the brass tripod.
A slight flame comes out of the emptiness and
makes successful that which should not be believed in vain.

Looks like there are some extra-inning games in our future, as we'll be "sitting alone at night in secret study." The "brass tripod" is likely the three divisions of the National League. "A slight flame" means Phoenix in September, as the temperature starts to cool off, where we come "out of the emptiness" which is the dreadful NL West. "That which should not be believed in vain." is a reference to the late, desperate lunge by Arizona to overturn the LA lead - which will finish happily for us, according to Nostradumus.

The wand in the hand is placed in the middle of the tripod's legs.
With water he sprinkles both the hem of his garment and his foot.
A voice, fear: he trembles in his robes.
Divine splendor; the God sits nearby.

"The wand in the hand" has to be a baseball bat - does "placed in the middle of the tripod's legs" indicate maple splintering dangerously? That would certainly make me sprinkle my foot and tremble in my robes. The last line is easy, since it is an anagram of "Viper Reynolds hits, boasting ended." It appears Nostradamus believes Mark will have a key part to play in eliminating Manny and the Dodgers.

When the litters are overturned by the whirlwind
and faces are covered by cloaks,
the new republic will be troubled by its people.
At this time the reds and the whites will rule wrongly.

Overturned litters...of Cubs, perhaps? When I hear "the whirlwind," the name that springs immediately to mind is Max Scherzer and his 98 mph fastball, so looks like he'll have a good series against Chicago. That will prove immensely troubling to writer Dan Bickley - one of the Republic's people - especially since the Sedona Red Diamondbacks will be going up against the Chicago White Sox in the World Series, "ruling" their respective leagues "wrongly," in defiance of all the pundits' pre-playoff expectations.

It seems likely that the fourth quatrain refers to the result of that series, but I must confess, that one is impenetrable, even by old Nosty's standards. I present it here, and invite readers to interpret it as they may:

In the world there will be made a king
who will have little peace and a short life.
At this time the ship of the Papacy will be lost,
governed to its greatest detriment.

And with that, I'm off to do something more productive. :-)