This Week in Milford

June 18, 2015

Hurry Up and Lose Already!

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon — teenchy @ 5:32 am



Well here’s Marty in the basement again – this time over by the HVAC vent – and he’s had the sudden realization that the first day of summer is only three days away so he’d better start making Milford lose. He rolls 11s or 66s for Stebbins and Brown but too bad, Milford is a Fielding Three so there goes this game.

Little observations:

– Is the basepath between first and second only six feet away from the mound or is the Tilden baserunner twelve feet tall?

– Why does every Milford sports team (and every baseball team in the Valley) wear jerseys with those weird flat-at-the-bottom collars? Who makes those anyway? I’m sure I’ve asked that before but don’t remember the answer (or have time to search for it this morning). Similarly, why does every team have the same thick single stripe uniform trim? Whigham can draw the mesh in a crotch-high chain-link fence, but he can’t draw pinstripes?

– The sports action this spring has taken a back seat to Boo Loves True, so is it possible Gil Thorp is shifting away from well-defined sports season arcs? Summer 7-on-7 morphed into fall football last year, maybe the sports are now providing the backdrop for character development (such as it is)? Talk amongst yourselves; I’m running late for work. Maybe I’ll update this post later today.

EDIT: Still trying to figure out who makes the square collared jerseys. For basketball, it’s Under Armour. For football, adidas did for a while; here’s their TECHFIT jersey circa 2010-11 for Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, and Michigan. They also made them for Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cincinnati and Louisville per this article.


Still not sure about baseball. Am I onto something?



  1. I’ve searched through jerseys & could not find the name of the manufacturer…

    Comment by Rowdyman — June 18, 2015 @ 8:34 am

  2. We need the summer plot. It keeps us readers sane.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 18, 2015 @ 10:10 am

  3. Loved the ABPA baseball reference. I spent hours playing that game with my friends as a kid.

    Comment by Ol'Froth — June 18, 2015 @ 10:37 am

  4. Don’t be so sure you can credit Whigham for the quality of the fences. Cartoonists can produce that sort of thing with a mouse-click these days, and then white-out the parts they don’t want.

    Also, what happened to the Mystic Franks* concert? If Boo just gave up quietly, she’s not much of a rebel.

    *Ballpark Franks, of course.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 18, 2015 @ 11:59 am

  5. Well, Dandy Don Stebbins makes his probable last appearance a mixed one – slugging a homer and then being a slow-stepping bungler.
    I hope the 19the Hole hasn’t gotten crowded yet.

    Comment by FoolyRain — June 18, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

  6. Marty looks pissed. Did he have some money on the game? Will Boo comfort Tru on another blown save?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 18, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

  7. Today’s strip qualifies as a complication, and I hope guarantees that the Boo/True story will continue into the summer. As far as the complication itself is concerned, True is clearly a gifted athlete but a novice pitcher, and it was inevitable he would in some key situation serve up a gopher ball (“Sometimes they go for two, sometimes they go for three…”) Look for more mushy notes in his locker…

    Comment by vaganova — June 18, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

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