This Week in Milford

June 25, 2014

Just Like A Real Baseball Game

June 25, 2014

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It turns out that the plot did move forward today! In an exciting twist – well, not too exciting as we have to note the lack of an exclamation point following Amy’s initial cheer – lucky has, through no efforts of his own, apparently got Amy back on his side. Insert your own jokes in the comments about Lucky’s thought balloon response… I’m pressed for time and the jokes I came up with were much too dirty for even my low standards.

Oh, and did I say the plot moved forward today? Yes, yes I did. However, as mentioned in the title of this post, not unlike a real game of baseball, we are proceeding at the pace of one pitch/swing per day now. The simple exigencies of a daily strip would seem to require that things wrap up pretty soon so I’m a bit conflicted: Is this a superb job of building suspense with another cliffhanger or is this just the extremely uneven pacing that makes this strip what it is?

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10 Comments »

  1. He did grovel I suppose. Sorry hectic start to the day here at Schultz’s….

    Comment by TimP — June 25, 2014 @ 5:55 am

  2. Well, TimP, you pretty much nailed it. Baseball moves at its own pace. Narrative pacing, however usually needs more consistency, and I can’t remember the last time a foul ball was ever used for building excitement.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 25, 2014 @ 6:00 am

  3. Ya gotta figure three more days in this arc, so I can foresee something like this:

    Thursday: Lucky makes contact, the runners go, the hit is good for extra bases…

    Friday: Tying run scores, play at the plate – he’s safe! Mudlarks win! Mudlarks win!

    Saturday: Mudlarks congratulate Lucky, Amy smooches Lucky, Lucky uses the word “lucky” in a sentence.

    Monday: Summer golf yawnfest commences.

    Comment by teenchy — June 25, 2014 @ 7:01 am

  4. I expect Lucky is going to strike out here in the key situation, and it is quite possible that the voice he hears in panel 3 is actually Jack Metzger doing his dead-on Amy, Amy Lange impression.

    Speaking of panel 3, is that shading or is Lucky wearing some type of visor-goggles? He looks like he just stepped out of his X-Wing fighter.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 25, 2014 @ 7:11 am

  5. Did someone mention summer golf yawnfest? Whoo-hoo!

    Comment by Dood — June 25, 2014 @ 7:40 am

  6. Now I’m trying to figure out what kind of batting helmet Lucky’s wearing. It’s not a Rawlings Cool-Flo or an adidas. It’s got round ear holes and AFAIK I don’t think anyone makes helmets with those anymore. Gil cutting corners on equipment again?

    Comment by teenchy — June 25, 2014 @ 8:57 am

  7. I’m guessing he smacks a super hard liner that the other team gets amazingly “lucky” and changes it from a hit into a double play. Mudlarks lose again. But Amy tells Luckey to shake it off — aren’t they happy together, and isn’t that luck enough? — he smiles and she gives him a peck on the cheek, and they go off together to make up for lost time since the prom.

    Also, I’m amazed that he only *heard* her cheering him. Doesn’t this scenario usually involve the girl standing up in the bleachers, with a halo of sunlight?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 25, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  8. Moon – only if that girl is Glenn Close.

    Comment by teenchy — June 25, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  9. good catch teenchy on the round ear holes etc….also in panel 2, the umpire’s arms are not upright, but look closer to “safe sign”….also he should be vectored toward right field, as that’s where Lucky’s drive went…

    Comment by Rowdyman — June 25, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

  10. A foul ball signal looks like that – arms spread out, but you’d think another ump would make that call down the line.

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 25, 2014 @ 4:57 pm


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