This Week in Milford

April 1, 2014

The Plot Thickens

Filed under: baseball, Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey — timbuys @ 8:35 am

April 1, 2014


As Billy noted in yesterday’s comments, Gil is apparently desperate for pitching as he’s only able to name four starting pitchers. Again, my ignorance of high school baseball norms has me at a disadvantage as I have no idea whether the schedule is such that you need a five man rotation. Still, the idea of Marjie playing is intriguing. Similarly, a reversal from an old plotline where a boy pitched for the girl’s softball team, could produce fireworks if we all of a sudden found out that Wendy was going to join the rotation (because ‘dancing’ translates just as easily to softball as it does to basketball) and then hijinks ensue as Jack continues to try and get a date with her.

Alas, none of that is going to happen. Heck, even with the return of last years infield, we’ve been given no indication that there’s going to be another daring chase for the exalted double play record. I guess, as is usual with these filler strips, we’ll just have to wait another day to see what whackiness is coming as we examine the important issues facing kids these days.



  1. Marjie is always my starting pitcher.

    Comment by Dood — April 1, 2014 @ 9:19 am

  2. When was this “old plotline” about a boy pitching for a girl’s team ?!

    Comment by Howard S Sample — April 1, 2014 @ 9:27 am

  3. Oh yeah… You think we make fun of the art now, check out panel three here. That’s a bit past the start of that particular plotline, but more or less where the ‘boy pitching for the girls’ team’ aspect kicks in.

    Comment by timbuys — April 1, 2014 @ 9:36 am

  4. P2: Fueled with Wild Turkey or not, Ol’ Geezer Gil looks mighty ‘happy’ to be talking to Marjie.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — April 1, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  5. Pitching practice time
    Gildo tosses to Marjie
    Oh, no… not *those* balls.

    Comment by lauramac — April 1, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

  6. 1) Gil Thorpe lists the starters for every sport. Does anyone give a crap? Is there some sort of continuity obsessive who’ll send an angry letter if Schmidt is at third even though it was Duchamp last time? Most of these kids are just names anyway. It’s not like we’ll get 25 individual storylines. Lord, I hope not, anyway.

    2) Do the Mudlarks ever win anything? Seems like Gil has lasted a long time despite fielding mediocre-to-fair teams year after year.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — April 1, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

  7. Tracer, the strip is pretty consistent about listing the baseball lineup each year (a possible Milford Mudlark record Book.xlsx addition?), but pretty inconsistent with naming all of the starters in any other sport. Actually, I thought Jerry B. Jenkins gave more detail on basketball and football lineups than Whigham or Berrill… but that may just be me.

    Gil’s last Valley Conference championship came, I believe, during the 2012-2013 basketball season. This is assuming that the Valley Conference champion is the only playdown team. His last Conference titles in football and baseball came in 2003 and 2010 respectively.

    Gil’s last playdown victory in any sport was a 2006 basketball victory over North Bend and their hobo-dressin’ Ted Pearse hecklers.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 1, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

  8. First of all, the more we see Marjie the better.

    Second, hard to believe nobody noticed P3, where the right-handed pitcher Fowler has his glove on the Wrong hand (his right) and is taking the ball out of his glove with his Left hand to ostensibly pitch it lefthanded across his body, blowing out his elbow on the 1st pitch of the season! Good thing he cant see what he’s doing to himself with those shades on. I thought Don Baylors injury was bad; wait’ll we see what happens to Gils ace. Head to the pen Marjie!

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 1, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

  9. Interesting interpretation of the art there, Rob! I think the left leg kick kinda maybe suggests something else, but who cares?

    BTW, I almost didn’t post on Monday so that you could’ve got one with Marjie in it. I would love to know the backstory of why someone who is as clearly competent as Marjie is can’t get out of this tanktown…

    Comment by timbuys — April 1, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

  10. P3? I thought Fowler just had his glove hand not completely inside the glove.

    Comment by teenchy — April 2, 2014 @ 4:19 am

  11. Ah, the return of Charlotte Observer sports columnist Scott Fowler to the mound. Shouldn’t he out of eligibility by now?

    Comment by J.D. Springer — April 5, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

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