This Week in Milford

May 8, 2014

This $#!† is Wak!

Filed under: actual action, Gil Thorp, Highlight reel — teenchy @ 6:18 am

May 8, 2014


This is starting to play out as predicted: Amy, no longer clumsy, is turning into a regular Brooks Robinson Graig Nettles Scott Rolen Brooks Robinson out there. Honestly, there’s very little to snark on here beyond the Goshen baserunner’s awkward headfirst stumble slide attempt in P2. We know from exposition ( – my href tags won’t close)  that Milford #4 is 2B Nisha Vulaj; hence that awkward slide could be an awkward dive back to second base and we’re witnessing a 5-4 double play. (I haven’t found a similar 5-4 video clip yet this morning, and only one with a pop-up bunt turned into a twin killing at second – a 1-6 and, coincidentally, turned by the O’s.)

Amy’s increasing confidence – she’s already grinning at the plate! – leads to an RBI wak! Will Amy’s train of luck keep a rollin’ while Lucky’s comes off the rails? Stay tuned, while I leave you with an ode to old Number 5 himself.



  1. Man, I was just about to dive through the archives to see if that was Nisha making the putout at second because it’s such a weird drawing in panel two. Imagine my relief to see you’ve got it covered today!

    I was always partial to Ron Santo myself. He had a unique style as a broadcaster, but he was an incredible third baseman. One of the few sports related controversies that I can actually get myself worked up about is that they waited until after he died to put him in the Hall of Fame.

    Comment by timbuys — May 8, 2014 @ 7:06 am

  2. Looking at that 4/12 strip again might explain Luckey’s Friar Tuck doo. Amy is rubbing the hair off off his head to improve her luck.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — May 8, 2014 @ 7:19 am

  3. Still not seeing the connection between Amy (Amy Lange’s) improved play and Lucky’s sudden veer toward being an annoyance. Amy may be playing better just because she’s finally getting to play?

    So, not having much insight into that connection, I have two hypotheses about Mfnrd. One is that they are still using wooden bats, explaining the WAK instead of the insipid “ping” one hears at every other high school in the country. The other is that the atmosphere is different there, and that residents have a mutation that allows them to get their oxygen from nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) This might explain both the odd sound of the bats and the unique behavior of the residents.

    Comment by vaganova — May 8, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

  4. No doubt more playing time can lead to better play. Given the superstitious nature of Mudlark athletes (Remember the Peacock!) I see a self-fulfilling conservation of karma prophecy coming to pass.

    Tim, loved the Santo clip. I wasn’t exposed to him growing up (though got plenty of the three generations of Carays) so that was good for a laugh.

    Comment by teenchy — May 8, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

  5. Same here with Santo – he retired 4 years before I started watching pro baseball, so only saw him via the magic of VHS tape and highlights. 1 reason he took so long to make the Hall was his quick decline as a player – he retired at 34, only a season after his last All-Star game; if he could’ve hung on a few more years and padded his numbers and perhaps made the postseason, a couple times, he wouldve made the Hall much earlier. But his diabetes wouldnt let him. In a perfect world he hits 400 home runs, the Cubs win the World Series any year between ’69 and ’73 when their core was in their prime, and he is enshrined around 1985 or so after playing to age 40.

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 8, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

  6. Ron Santo was terrific. Unlucky in ways already cited, but also in the notorious “black cat” incident vs the Miracle Mets late in the 1969 regular season. It’s on YouTube…

    Comment by vaganova — May 8, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

  7. […] first), so maybe that’s how the kids do it these days. In any case, we can see (hear?) that wak is now […]

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