This Week in Milford

April 11, 2015

I Reckon He’s All Healed Up Now

Filed under: baseball, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Pantheon of Hair — teenchy @ 7:18 am

April 11, 2015


Hey y’all, look who’s back! True couldn’t come out for basketball but baseball’s okay, then? And as a pitcher, no less. I’m sure Gil and Art are all cool with it. No sense in risking your meal ticket of an arm playing a game you haven’t played in several years at a position that relies primarily on your arm strength. No, better you spend your time in right field.

True’s comment to Omari (sporting the Floyd Patterson ‘do) may be a dropped hint that he wants to be talked out of his decision. He could always throw the shot put with Omari; that’d be easier on his arm. Who’s coaching the Milford track team, anyway? Does Gil run back and forth between the track and the diamond? A golf cart with a well-stocked cooler on the back is more his style. Let’s climb aboard and see how True manages to screw up his future this spring.



  1. “Who’s coaching the Milford track team, anyway?” We may never know for sure but if Gil’s approach there is consistent with the way he disposes of the rest of his duties as the AD, then we can safely assume that it is some random Milford weirdo. Said weirdo may or may not have a heart of gold but their backstory will be almost plausible but for those odd Thorpiverse permutations we all celebrate here.

    Comment by timbuys — April 11, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

  2. I threw the shot for a while. Three hours of it in one day? You’d wreck your shoulder and right leg.

    Comment by Philip — April 11, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

  3. Philip, your comment reminds me that a RH baseball pitcher’s right leg is bigger around than his left. I gather from your comment that shot putters have more muscular right leg? are there other sports like this? maybe Olympic curling champions…

    Comment by Rowdyman — April 11, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

  4. Rowdy, you can’t get any distance on the shot without exploding off the right leg (assuming you’re right handed). If I put in a lot of throws, the one body part sure to be sore the next day was the right glute and hamstring.

    Comment by Philip — April 11, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

  5. This is the first reference to Mfnrd having a track team that I can recall. I think we have had passing reference to soccer in the fall, but not wrestling or swimming in the winter, or track in the spring. I kind of figured the school was too small to field multiple varsities in one season.

    Comment by vaganova — April 11, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

  6. The only back-and-forth Gil does is between the country club and the bar.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 11, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

  7. Tru has been specializing on football way back to when he was 14. What is that two or three years ago? He makes it sound like it was a lifetime ago..

    Comment by Bobby Joe — April 11, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

  8. I’m surprised that a promising quarterback (whose coach held him out of basketball) is pitching. It’s hard to think of a greater risk to a throwing arm.

    Comment by vaganova — April 12, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

  9. […] “So now I should start focusing on baseball? But I’ve been specializing in football since I was 14.” […]

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