This Week in Milford

May 30, 2015

Smokin’ in New Thayer

May 30, 2015


“…That’s been Milford’s offense through five innings!”

“Marty! I told you no smoking in the house!”

“Aw, Mom! It’s just an e-cig. Less smoke and smell than a tobacco cigarette. Besides, all the cool kids vape now!”

“Marty, you are not now nor have you ever been cool. Now throw my laundry in the dryer!”

I always find it mildly amusing when Gil Thorp tries to be hip and incorporate current popular culture, which is why I’m imagining that’s a e-cig he’s holding in his crate.

The lede makes it sound like New Thayer Star Wade Mason is a one-man team, but he does have a catcher and a fielder out there with him. Kind of like The King and His Court.

Not sure what that scout’s clocking; it looks like he’s watching Bender on Futurama. Maybe it’s the blernsball episode.

In any event Jordy Castillo’s keeping Milford in this game – at least long enough for them to scratch out a 2-1 lead and offer True Standish an opportunity to blow a save.



  1. Wade Mason plays for Arizona Christian U. He is a relief pitcher, who in 22.2 innings, has 2 W, 2 L and 2 saves… Wade is a Freshman who played at Oldham County High School. The only Louisville area team that Milford plays is Ballard…

    Comment by Rowdyman — May 30, 2015 @ 8:45 am

  2. It’s a shame we don’t know how Marty pronounces Castillo. I bet he says Cas-till-o not Cas-tee-o. Like WKRP’s Les Nessman pronounced Chi Chi Rodriguez, Chy Chy Ro-dri-gwez.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 30, 2015 @ 9:37 am

  3. Eddie Feigner! I saw him pitch once. He toured with his team until he was in his mid-70s.

    True, on the other hand, is about to be pressed into service for multi-inning duty, which will lead to the inevitable elbow twinge.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 30, 2015 @ 10:13 am

  4. I saw Eddie Feigner pitch once, in my town. A guy I got to know later, who had been a minor league ballplayer, played against him in that game, and told me that the contract included the proviso that the softballs Feigner used never left his custody and were never inspected by the umpires. He was obviously a remarkable pitcher, but it appears there were additional reasons the ball spoke in tongues when it left his hand. The result was nearly always the same– an energetic swing producing either a strikeout or a couple of sluggish topspun bounces to an infielder.

    Yes, Jive Turkey. I remember Chy Chy well.

    In The Canterbury Tales, the question is “The question is, what is the law?” but in this strip the question is how True will affect the outcome of the game. With the game in progress, Boo cannot have much effect other than by semaphoring to him, and with the DH rule in high schools, he can neither drive in a run nor bean the New Thayer pitcher.

    Comment by vaganova — May 30, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

  5. I have a very dim memory of The King from the early 70s. Being a bullheaded small town youth in those days, I recall umbrage that they only fielded 4 players; clearly disrespecting me and my home town. The adults were all laughing – I just didn’t understand…

    This, however, was also a real thing and remains much more clear in my memory. Filed under: that which cannot be unseen.

    Comment by g2design — May 30, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

  6. g2design, in my similarly small town at about that same time, “donkey basketball” would arrive once a year. I used to think it was a miracle that with ten donkeys and ten people who had never ridden a donkey before, it was a miracle nobody took a fatal kick to the head. No prosecutor in the world would charge anyone but the promoter…

    Comment by vaganova — May 30, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

  7. Aw, man. I couldn’t watch more than a minute or so of that….

    Comment by TimP — May 31, 2015 @ 2:37 pm

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