When we ran into Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair at the Hartford, Ct. edition of this summer's Mayhem Fest, he and his band -- whose new album, 'Retribution,' is due out next month -- were on hand for an impromptu meet and greet. And we asked him for his 2009 World Series predictions. He's a huge Red Sox fan, and if you've ever seen a New York City Shadows Fall show, he is certain to take the opportunity to taunt Yankees fans in the crowd from the stage! So it made sense to probe the dreadlocked one about who he thinks will be appearing in this year's Fall Classic.

Of course, his American League prediction was not surprising! "The only team I can predict is the Boston Red Sox, since I've been predicting it since 1918," Fair told Noisecreep with a laugh, referencing the 'Curse of the Bambino,' which was broken in 2004.

When probed about his thoughts on the recent steroids scandal, in which Red Sox DH David 'Big Papi' Ortiz was implicated, Fair shrugged off the controversy about performance enhancing drugs and said, "I don't care about steroids in baseball! Just shut up, and hit it out 500 feet. If Yankees fans want to complain about Ortiz, look at their 2003 World Series team, with [Roger] Clemens, [Jason] Giambi."

As for his National League predictions, Fair said, "The Phillies are the smart choice, but I am going to go with the Florida Marlins. They have [former Red Sox prospect] Hanley Ramirez. I like to go with the dark horse team. The Phillies are the best team, but the best team doesn't always win!"

We'll see how Fair's predictions fare in October!