Lenn Fraraccio is a diehard Tampa Bay Rays fan.
So on Nov. 4, 2014, when he had learned then-Rays manager Joe Maddon was leaving for the Chicago Cubs, he sent out a tweet that went viral during the 2016 World Series.
And well, he nailed his prediction.
2016 World Series.— GIO (@RaysFanGio) November 4, 2014
Cubs vs Indians
And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings #apocalypse
The Game 7 match-up was a nail bitter into an extra inning and finally after a rain delay the Cubs took the title.
“Listen this is my 15 minutes. In two days you won’t remember my name and no one will remember my tweet, it’s the coolest thing ever,” Fraraccio said.
He said he forgot about the tweet from nearly two years ago until a Twitter follower of his reminded him on Oct. 21, 2016, after the Indians clinched their spot in the World Series. Then it started getting some retweet love.
Fraraccio credits a couple of Los Angeles sports writers for retweeting it on the day of Game 7 for getting traction.
“During the game is started to be retweeted, but once it got close and once the Indians tied it up in the 8th inning it exploded,” Fraraccio said.
So why the prediction in 2014?
First, the Cubs pick up of Maddon.
“I knew him going to Chicago and paired up with Theo Epstein they were going to be very competitive very quickly and I gave them a two year window,” Fraraccio said.
Now on the other side he chose the Indians not only because he’s originally from Ohio, but because they had a good pitching staff and young pitchers.
“It’s just trying to be funny, but I got lucky with the extra innings thing and listen, my apocalypse part of that tweet might be correct if this election doesn’t go well next Tuesday, the world could end,” Fraraccio said.
He said he’s enjoying the ride adding that ABC10 was his 14th interview of the day. One was as far away as Australia.
Fraraccio said he’s having fun while keeping it in perspective, after all Twitter is not the real world. He said he’s enjoyed experiencing it with his 17-year-old daughter Isabella and 13-year-old son Nicolas.
Fun fact: Fraraccio said his parents named him after NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson (just giving him an extra ‘N’ on Lenn.) He said the love of sports runs deep in his family and he’s happy to keep the tradition going.
His latest predictions:
Hillary Clinton will beat Donald Trump, Patriots will win the Super Bowl, Tampa Bay Lightning will take it all in the NHL and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will win their second title over the Warriors.