This Week in Milford

March 19, 2013

It Happens Every Mid-Winter

Filed under: Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 7:09 am

3/19/13
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Okay, well that was an interesting story. A guy slipped on some ice in the Speed Co. parking lot. Nothing says mid-winter like a good old-fashioned slip and fall. Yesterday’s strip plus these first two panels evoke such a palpable feeling of mid-winter, you can almost smell the fragrance of Speed Co. premium gas and the air escaping from a freshly opened bag of meat jerky (don’t ask what kind of meat, you’re better off not knowing), and then, whoops, your standard slip and fall. On your ass in the Speed Co parking lot, staring up into the face of one of a homeless guy who’s trying to determine if your knocked out enough to check you for easily removable valuables.

It’s a shame we have to move on from this to Gil working out his infielders. We shall not forget this aside. We will carry the evocative image of Speed Co in our hearts through spring. When this digression pays off, we will feel another pang of bittersweet nostalgia for this mid-winter tableau.

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11 Comments »

  1. Unless that was Mr. Bakst who slipped and fell … then we’ll never hear about it again.

    Comment by Scott P. — March 19, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  2. Mr. Bakst has returned from Charleston! That’s the last we’ll see of him for several years!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — March 19, 2013 @ 7:14 am

  3. Ooh, this is frightening! A big, old HRAAK to you, Scott!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — March 19, 2013 @ 7:15 am

  4. When the infield somehow, miraculously, turns two, Gil will go all Monty Burns on our asses: “I told them to do that!”

    Comment by jules — March 19, 2013 @ 7:25 am

  5. Not gonna happen plot prediction!

    – The mid-winter slip-and-faller is a long since graduated former Mudlark baseball player. Elmer Vargas, Jimmy Hughes, Adam Mundy, Andrew Gregory, other… take your pick.
    – The fall leaves said former player with realistic partial amnesia.
    – Partial amnesia has former player thinking he’s still in high school.
    – Marty Moon’s sister (Melinda Schmidt) returns as school counselor/psychologist and recommends that former player be allowed to return to high school and play baseball to “help restore his memory”.
    – Moon himself is really behind this recommendation, because revealing (on the cusp of a playdown game, no less) that Gil has been playing an ineligible player would result in him forfeiting the whole baseball season and thus get him fired.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 19, 2013 @ 7:42 am

  6. The big “S” in SpeedCo looks an awful lot like the big “S” in Swifti-Mart. Is there a corporate takeover happening in good ol’ Milford?

    Also, it’s nice to see Gil starting off spring practice with the traditional “ball glued to the bat” prank.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — March 19, 2013 @ 8:34 am

  7. I’m also thinking along the lines of billytheskink, with the soap-opera classic of amnesia for the spring plot. But instead, I think it will be the class nerd suddenly thinks he is a great baseball player from his partial amnesia, and his amazing self-confidence actually gets him on the team to lead them towards the playdowns! Think Nurse Betty, Nutty Professor, King Tut on the Batman TV show, etc. But then, with the playdowns on the line, a pop fly is hit to our hero — and, distracted by a passing peacock, suddenly his memory returns and he is the talentless nerd again — think the end of Damn Yankees. If he catches the ball, he will gain real confidence and go on to a prosperous life — but no! the ball bounces off the loser’s head, and Milford misses the playdowns by a whisker yet again! The nerd immediately is hated by all Milford, the softball team chick dumps him for the prom date, and he is worse off than ever. As the story ends just in time for a horrible summer golf story, we see our hero leaving banana peels all over the SpeedCo lot, desperately trying to slip and fall and rekindle his moment of glory.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 19, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  8. At the end of the previous thread, Howard suggested the anonymous bloat wiping out at the SpeedCo–Swifty Mart–Sub Standard (who knows?) could be the original fat-ass from the early 2000s, Brent Raptor. This would fit with several of the scenarios above.

    In addition to the ball-glued-to-the-bat trick, Gil is also showing his infielders to beware the tomahawk, by hitting them infield balls from eighteen inches above the strike zone.

    Comment by vaganova — March 19, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

  9. I started following Gil Thorp right after the Brent Raptor tale, I believe. Did anyone at the time, because of his slow speed, ever sarcastically call him “Veloci-Raptor?”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 19, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

  10. Moon, not that I remember. The schtick was more that he was a good athlete, a third baseman, who was overweight, and constantly humiliated by his desperately unhappy mother.

    Comment by vaganova — March 19, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

  11. Hey, wait a minute, somebody slips and falls at SpeedCo and we’re just now hearing about it? Where’s Chief What’s-his-name and Officer Wilbon?

    What’s the meaning of the equation in the last panel, 3/19 x Gil = poodle cloud? Are we supposed to solve for Gil?

    Comment by Dood — March 19, 2013 @ 5:57 pm


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