Seventh annual Dari Joy baseball contest

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BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – You can earn area bragging rights by submitting one of the strongest entries in the seventh annual Dari Joy baseball contest. You have until April 12 to figure out your choices to win one of three gift certificate prizes of $50, $25 or $15 or one of three autographed Red Sox baseballs.

Contestants must pick all six divisions of major league baseball from top to bottom, select each leagues two wild card teams and then pick the eventual two World Series participants and tab a winner of the World Series. Examples of the prediction format appear later in this article.

You may enter the contest by either e-mailing your picks to bmurphy@vermontjournal.com or you may mail them to The Shopper, PO Box 308, Bellows Falls, VT. 05101 noting below the address: Attention Baseball Contest.

How points are awarded in the contest:

·      7 points for choosing the World Series champion (you will be given 2 points if your champion selection is in the World Series and loses)

·      4 points for choosing the World Series loser (you will get 2 points if your selection is in the World Series and wins)

·      3 points for each division champion selected (you will get 1 point if a division champion choice makes the post season as a wild card)

·      1 point for wild card choices who are in the play-offs (either as a wild card or a division winner)

Tiebreakers– Ties will be broken from last place up, thus every one of your choices is important. If you tie for one of the six winning spots, the tie will be decided by how many last place teams you choose correctly. If the tie still exists after last place consideration, you move on to next to last place and continue up the standings ladder as many spots as needed until the tie is broken. Tiebreakers are utilized most every year.

Only one entry is allowed per person– Multiple entries will disqualify you. Include contact information with your entry (mailing address, e-mail address, phone number).

Below are this seasons picks by Rich Demuzio (Dari Joy owner) and Bill Murphy (sports editor). Please use the same format in doing your picks. If any of the top six finishers accumulate more points than both Demuzio and Murphy, the monetary prizes will double. In the first six years of the contest, four years readers accomplished that feat.

Demuzio picks:

AL EAST

Boston

Toronto (WILD CARD)

Baltimore

New York

Tampa Bay

 

CENTRAL

Cleveland

Detroit (WILD CARD)

Kansas City

Chicago

Minnesota

 

WEST

Texas

Houston

Seattle

Los Angeles

Oakland

 

NL EAST

Washington

New York (WILD CARD)

Philadelphia

Miami

Atlanta

 

CENTRAL

Chicago

St. Louis (WILD CARD)

Pittsburgh

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

 

WEST

Los Angeles

San Francisco

Arizona

Colorado

San Diego

 

Demuzio tabs the Chicago Cubs to beat the Boston Red Sox in the World Series

 

Murphy’s picks:

AL EAST

Boston

Toronto (WILD CARD)

New York

Baltimore

Tampa Bay

 

CENTRAL

Cleveland

Detroit

Kansas City

Minnesota

Chicago

 

WEST

Texas

Houston (WILD CARD)

Seattle

Los Angeles

Oakland

 

NL EAST

Washington

New York (WILD CARD)

Philadelphia

Miami

Atlanta

 

CENTRAL

Chicago

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

Milwaukee

Cincinnati

 

WEST

Los Angeles

San Francisco (WILD CARD)

Colorado

Arizona

San Diego

 

Murphy picks the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. This would be the Dodgers first title since 1988.

You have about two weeks to pick your winners. The baseball season opens Sunday with a tripleheader beginning with the New York Yankees at Tampa Bay at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN, followed by a 4:10 p.m. contest on ESPN 2 showing the San Francisco Giants at Arizona with former Red Sox bench coach/manager Torey Lovullo making his official major league debut. The nightcap is back on ESPN at 8:35 p.m. when the long time rival Cubs and Cardinals meet in St. Louis.

For ice cream lovers, the Dari Joy opens Saturday at 11 a.m. for the season. What will you do first, have your first Dari Joy of the season or watch your first official baseball pitch? It is almost time to find out.

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