This Week in Milford

May 21, 2014

Jinx!

May 21, 2014

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Hey y’all, I’m back!  Didja miss me? Doesn’t look like I missed too much, as Paul Dillon works on a perfect game. Did I mention it’s been a perfect game? This is the most excitement Marty’s had in the booth in ages! Can you see the light in his eyes? Or is that just the reflection of the Domino’s Pizza box he’s had delivered to his cage?

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Gil and Kaz know it’s been a perfect game. Look at them jinxing their pitcher by talking about it. What’s that? Jinxing a no-hitter is an ancient fallacy, one which players, managers, announcers, and journalists denounced decades ago (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1002550/index.htm)? Well, where’s the fun in that?

Now how will Lucky Haskins screw this one up? With only five strikeouts in six innings Paul Dillon must be a pitch-to-contact kind of guy. Pitch-to-contact pitchers must rely on the prowess of their fielders more so than pitchers who can throw more strikeouts, either with guile or heat.  My guess is Lucky makes multiple bonehead fielding/throwing errors that allow the tying runs on base; Paul loses his cool then dishes up a tater to some Goshenite, losing not only his cool but his perfect game, no-hitter, and the game outright in the process.

I expect TWIM historians will fill us in on the efforts of Mudlark hurlers Ernie Peters and Joey Webb.

edit, Pantheon of Hair edition: Nice forelock on Kaz there.

edit 2: Emphasis on Marty’s dice-like irises for effect, Dean’s Comic Booth-style.

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4 Comments »

  1. I’ve got nothing on Ernie Peters or Joey Webb, but I do know that Marty DeJong threw a perfect game against top-seeded Central in the 2001 Valley Conference baseball tournament. In fact, DeJong is credited with 22 consecutive perfect innings during at least two games in that tournament, provided you believe WDIG’s Marty Moon and Paul Strange.

    Methinks Gil and his memory have made a few too many trips to PUB in recent years.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 21, 2014 @ 10:19 am

  2. Looking for a Gil Thorp historian ?! Say no more !

    A bit of Googling indicates that Joey Webb was playing baseball for Thorp back in 1961 (though that probably wasn’t the only season). Just found a comic strip page from a Winnipeg newspaper from ’61 that shows Gil Thorp talking to someone about the kid.

    As for Ernie Peters, it appears that he was a circa 1970 character—-according to Google, at least.

    Bit surprised that Gil didn’t mention an ace pitcher from 1983—-his first name was Larry I believe. When he graduated from Milford High, he had a very lucrative pro baseball career afterwards.

    And who could ever forget that FEMALE pitcher he had in the spring of ’75 !? Her first name was Jackie I think.

    Comment by Howard S. Sample — May 21, 2014 @ 10:19 am

  3. Since Paul Dillon has to date been only a name mentioned in the introduction to the team some weeks ago, I am guessing that the perfect game is backdrop rather than subject. But what’s the subject? Lucky’s putative errors, as teenchy suggests, or will Amy (Amy Lange) enter the picture somehow? I know this strip pushes me toward a preoccupation with closure and linearity, but I am also trying to figure out how Lucky’s preoccupation with whether he will get to see Amy after the game plays in.

    Comment by vaganova — May 21, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

  4. Larry Cutter – and he was drafted by the …..Chicago Cubs! Used to talk to my friend about Cutter wondering when he was gonna pitch for the Cubs. Thanks for the other info everyone.

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 21, 2014 @ 5:11 pm


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