This Week in Milford

May 28, 2015

Random Cookout

May 28, 2015


Funny how we meander through a relatively plotless spring arc then, out of nowhere, a cookout! It’s like Random Dancing.

Where are we, anyway? Who’s doing the cooking? Whatever. Gives us a chance to tell-don’t-show a recap of Mudlark baseball to date.

I’ll bite: What does heading into the game with New Thayer mean, boy with talking crotch? Maybe that shadowy figure in the foreground (who brought their own shadowy tree to the cookout) knows.

…and… we’re clear!



  1. So, somewhere between yesterday and today, True went from being a terrible mopup man to Milford’s trusted closer. Good thing we skipped over all that exciting action. He’d better watch it, though: those two-inning saves mean a lot of wear and tear on True’s million-dollar arm.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 28, 2015 @ 6:48 am

  2. Presumably THAT means that New Thayer is playing baseball in this strip for the first time since 2011. It is a year for drought-breaking, it seems. Oakwood had not appeared during baseball season since 2012 and now New Thayer gets ink. Maybe the softball team will meet Madison for the first time since 2009.

    Really, though, what could playing New Thayer conceivably mean? Did we miss some clue about this earlier in the season? I didn’t know we were supposed to sift through every panel of this strip like it was Twin Peaks or something.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 28, 2015 @ 7:27 am

  3. And if you’re keeping score at home …
    This strip is named “Gil Thorp”, which might seem to call for the occasional participation of Gil Thorp. Since 2 May, he’s appeared in his own strip twice: actually coaching True on how to hold a baseball on 13 May, and reverting to form on 21 May by telling Kaz “We’ll stay out of this dugout argument and see how things go without adult supervision”.

    Comment by Philip — May 28, 2015 @ 8:02 am

  4. I see 3 brats and 2 burgers on grill. They better order out for pizza or there is gonna be some hungry boys. Maybe True can give grill master a hand. The left one of course.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 28, 2015 @ 8:49 am

  5. Philip: Gil’s ultimate goal is to turn his strip into “Judge Parker,” in which the lead character almost never appears (except to collect royalty checks for his terrible mystery novels) or even better, “Barney Google,” in which the lead character appears once per week, and that in name only.

    Hey, Snuffy Smif may be a shif’less old so-and-so, but at least he shows up every damn day.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 28, 2015 @ 9:12 am

  6. Good call on Snuffy Smith. Hey when you enjoy what you’re doing it’s not really work. At least that’s what I’ve heard.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 28, 2015 @ 9:20 am

  7. Two innings? Is that common in high school? I didn’t know they even had Closers in high school. I do know we get all freaked out when Perkins comes in, in the 8th, for a 4-out save.

    One other thing I do know: Coffee’s for Closers.

    Comment by g2design — May 28, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

  8. I don’t even know what Norman Thayer means, the old poop.

    Comment by Dood — May 28, 2015 @ 12:19 pm

  9. John S.: I think Barney Google’s been laying low ever since he lost that trademark infringement suit. Wasn’t there a poster at the Curmudgeon whose sole comments were to count the number of days Barney Google had gone without appearing in his namesake strip?

    Comment by teenchy — May 28, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

  10. I looked up Google & Smith, didn’t see anything regarding a lawsuit, though. It seems that Barney started getting written away in 1954 and rarely shows up except once in a blue moon for a week. From 1997 to 2012 he didn’t appear, but since 2012 he’s supposedly been showing up every so often.
    Steve Roper was another one for not clocking in. Mike Nomad got stuck with getting beat up all the time.

    Comment by FoolyRain — May 29, 2015 @ 8:50 am

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