This Week in Milford

April 23, 2016

Is Exploding Ear Flap Syndrome a Thing?

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Coach Kaz, Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 7:50 pm


If you came to read today’s strip expecting Barry Bader to already be catching crap about his dad’s DUI, you’ll be disappointed. (I know I was.) Guess that news hasn’t traveled as fast as the news of Kenzie Hanley’s jaw-breaking incident at the Winter Blast. All in good time, I’m sure.

We do at least get the beginnings of the Mouseketeer Roll Call with the returning Mike Granger playing Schroeder to pitcher Lalonde’s Charlie Brown. If this is the same Lalonde from last season, he’s a converted outfielder. There’s a Kaz sighting as a base ump, but that’s about the size of it. As a fan of baseball history I’ve been used to seeing “pint-sized” as an adjective describing 1950’s outfielder Ernie Oravetz; given that Master Bader is a second baseman, however, I expect there’ll be a José Altuve name drop somewhere along the line. Being an aggressive baserunner doesn’t necessarily make one a psycho, and telegraphing it to everyone within earshot isn’t really qualifying material either. No, I’d be on the lookout for more Piersallesque behavior before I slapped that tag on him.






  1. This looks like a Justin Morneau moment to me. Which does not bode well for our Scrapie psycho second baseman.

    Comment by g2design — April 23, 2016 @ 8:35 pm

  2. The subtle art of storytelling: First we have Del pushing the limits of bravado by tossing back a bunch of drinks and then driving noisily away, which gets him caught in the act. Then we have Barry pushing the limits of bravado by announcing his stolen base attempt, which gets him caught in the act. I’d believe this was intentional on Rubin’s part, but I doubt he puts that much thought into his plotting.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 23, 2016 @ 9:53 pm

  3. Once at Yankee Stadium after Piersall returned to the Sox, a fan jumped onto the field and physically assaulted him as he ran to the outfield, calling him psycho, etc. Mantle was running for the dugout, but changed direction to intervene by punching out the fan.

    Comment by vaganova — April 24, 2016 @ 7:10 am

  4. If Bader calls Kenzie a “horny broad” then he’ll earn the psycho tag.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 25, 2016 @ 6:34 am

  5. What is with that catcher’s mask in P2? I’ve seen some interesting masks in recent years, but that thing is … unique.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — April 26, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

  6. […] waiting to go off.  Maybe there’ll be a close play at first and Barry will give us that Jimmy Piersall moment I’ve been waiting for for the past two […]

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