This Week in Milford

May 8, 2011

Bring On The Post Pounding Bucket Session

Filed under: actual action, baseball, freak hands, Marty Moon, The Bucket — nedryerson @ 1:15 pm




What a fun baseball season we got going. Milford pounded New Thayer worse than Norman Thayer pounded Ethel Thayer. As if that’s not unappealing enough, somebody’s gotta take somebody else to the Bucket. (You can go to the Bucket yourself, but it’s frowned upon.) So who have we got lying around to go to the Bucket? Why it’s Al-Jo Parker, folksinger, second generation leftover hippie and wearer of unfortunately non-ironic trucker hats along with some other completely non-remarkable Mudlark who wandered into the dump where Al-Jo was playing songs about the plight of humpback whales who were blacklisted for trying to unionize coal miners or something. The dude’s name is Jeff or Steve, I think. We know he’s partial to bendy straws and he’s a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, since he’s got MST 3000 vanity plates. How could you argue with a pairing like this?

Hey thanks Larry Froelich and Adam Ford. You can go now. I hear Micah Huang is auditioning potential new wing men.


  1. Oh dear. Al-Jolson, radical socialist temptress, is about to seduce one of Milford’s Finest into the War On America. Watch out, Jeff — one whiff of her “special” patchouli incense, and next thing you know, you’ll be waking up on a Greenpeace boat in the South Pacific.

    What will Gil do about this menace to his star catcher (and his “SPINDIG” brand catching gear)? Knowing Gil, probably nothing.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 8, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  2. F-R-E-D-D-Y!
    Freddy the Freshman, we stand by!

    Who’s got all the girlies chasing him around?
    Freddy the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!

    Now, who wrecks all the parties, and turns them upside-down?
    Freddy the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!

    He plays the ukulele, he plays the saxophone,
    And the pretty babies just won’t leave him alone!

    Who got bounced at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown?
    Freddy the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!

    Alpha! Beta! Gamma! Have a piece of pie,
    Boola! Boola! Boola! The goose is hanging high.

    Alpha! Delta! Skelta! Latin is the bunk!
    Have a cup of coffee! And let those donuts dunk!

    Oh, here’s to old Virginia, Ohio and Purdue,
    And here’s to you, professor! A great big kiss for you!

    Beta! Theta! Kappa! Let’s pass the cake around,
    To Freddy the Freshman, the freshest kid in town!

    Boola, boola, he goes to school-a
    Just to foola, he loves to foola,
    Sarsaparilla, sinfronella,
    He’s a swell-a, swell-a fella!

    Rah! Rah! Yah-ta-ta! That’s his college yell,
    Baggy pants, crazy dance, it’s Freddy; can’t you tell?

    Comment by exmiscellanea — May 8, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

  3. Jeff seems to have some kind of weird growth coming out of the top of his head. Either that or a condor crapper on him. I’d say that’s supposed to be good luck, but he’s at the bucket with Gail Martin Jr., future nominee for the Pantheon of Hair.

    Comment by Dieclambakedie — May 8, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  4. Ease up, exmiscellanea!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — May 8, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

  5. I gotta admit the MST3K vanity tag is a nice touch.

    I had a SPINDIG baseball glove when I was a kid…or was it a RIWNINGS?

    Comment by delvaldawg — May 9, 2011 @ 4:08 am

  6. Wow, an MST3K shout-out. What’s next, a “This Week in Milford” reference? So, now we know what Marty watches in his crate. “Marty, dinner’s ready!” “Jeez, mom, I’m watching ‘The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!'”

    I like Al-Jo’s “I don’t mind the goofy part of high school.” Said to the guy making a giant zlorping sound with his bendy straw.

    Wak! Bam! Count it!

    Comment by Dood — May 9, 2011 @ 7:44 am

  7. 5/6 P3: Al-Jo’s wink suggests she really means “Sure, you can find out if my hair is naturally kinky and then I’ll sing you my new song ‘Nuke a gay whale for Jesus'”

    Comment by semperfi4evr — May 9, 2011 @ 8:48 am

  8. Al-Jo’s lips are very frightening.

    Comment by sourbelly — May 9, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  9. Wak! Goodbye, Mr. Spindig!

    Comment by Dood — May 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  10. The closer up Whigham draws Al-Jo’s face, the more she looks like Ira House in drag.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 9, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

  11. I still have my old RIWNINGS XFG-12. Just got it out, in fact. It’s a little dry but still has the E-9 inked on the back of the thumb…

    Comment by vaganova — May 9, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  12. is that a bald spot on jeff or one of those freaky maury wills or rasheed wallace random gray spots before your if he went to that lecture with her marty moon would have slapped him silly

    Comment by mr120zcan — May 9, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  13. I finally figured who Al-Jolson looks like: Daria from Beavis and Butthead, but a lot less deep.

    Comment by Regina — May 9, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  14. Oh, come on, Regina. I had a cartoon-crush on Daria. She was smart and mousey-cute. Whereas Al-Jo is a frizzy-haired folk singer with barracuda lips.

    Comment by sourbelly — May 9, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  15. @vaganova (and I swear every time I see your screen name I think of a women’s dorm on the Main Line): my old glove was indeed a RIWNINGS. I am young enough to have bought one of the first batch of MIZIINIO gloves as well, a Bob Boone model.

    Comment by delvaldawg — May 10, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  16. Being an aussie , and having grown-up in a world void of baseball ,
    i find all this talk of gloves , let alone the strip ,
    a tad imcomprehensible at times. :)

    Comment by exmiscellanea — May 10, 2011 @ 8:47 am

  17. 15 delvaldawg, “Vaganova” is in honor of the Soviet ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova.

    Never had a MIZIINIO myself. But I don’t think it would have improved my fielding. If I get tired of Vaganova as a screen name I can always switch to E-9. I got that name in the locker room when a teammate remarked that while I was the fastest guy on the team, all it meant was that I was first on the scene of the accident.

    Comment by vaganova — May 10, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  18. 17 vaganova: My apologies; I’m not well-versed in the area of Soviet ballet. I’m not even that well-versed in modern baseball catching equipment – at least not the way it’s drawn in this strip. When I played we were debating whether or not to adopt the Steve Yeager throat flap from our masks.

    Comment by delvaldawg — May 11, 2011 @ 4:17 am

  19. The “Steve Yeager throat flap”? That sounds painful, like something Marty Moon might try to get the Schnapps to go down faster.

    I actually do know what you’re referring to. Joe Garagiola probably went on about this ad nauseum on NBC’s game of the week.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — May 11, 2011 @ 11:25 am

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