This Week in Milford

May 19, 2016

Speaking of rather quickly…

Filed under: actual action, baseball, exposition comics, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 4:33 am


…We’re supposed to assume several weeks have passed between yesterday’s strip and today’s. How lazy can you get, Rubin? Why, I’m almost tempted to leave today’s commentary at that, just to show you how lazy.

Actually I’m almost tempted to leave today’s commentary at that because there’s so little to snark on beyond nitpicks. First baseman Ken Brown seems a bit out of position and doesn’t appear to be wearing a first baseman’s mitt. The three shadowy figures in P2: Milford outfielders jogging in after Barry caught the pop fly for the third out? Finally, freckled kid in P3: Barry or Not Barry? Only reason I suggest the latter is that, to date, we’ve not seen anything in Barry’s character to indicate he has enough of a sense of humor to joke about his father’s pending DUI conviction.



  1. Seems a good scene would have Judge Hiat meeting Bader Sr. at their sons ball game. Will that happen soon? Will young Bader overthrow Brown and hit the judge? Maybe sneak up on the judge and cow tip?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 19, 2016 @ 6:49 am

  2. Who is talking to Darth Bader in p3? It doesn’t look like Ken Brown. My best guess is former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 19, 2016 @ 9:39 am

  3. P1: Are basket-catches a thing? I was consistently and constantly berated for said catching style, (my signature style, actually) up to the moment I decided soccer was better fit for my eye-hand coordination.

    Comment by g2design — May 19, 2016 @ 10:14 am

  4. Yeah, basket-catching an infield popup is definitely not proper technique. If Gil was anywhere near the field, he’d have a word with Master Bader in the dugout. Also, the non-first baseman’s mitt appears to be sliding off Ken Brown’s hand. Sloppy all around. Which is what happens when your coach spends the entire season chugging Chardonnay at home with his wife.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 19, 2016 @ 10:22 am

  5. The technical critiques above are dead on, but I am also wondering why a right-handed first baseman has his back to a play to the second base side. Maybe Ken thought he’d backhand the pop-up just for variety, then realized he had picked up an outfielder’s glove on the way out. But even my old Rawlings XFG-12 (the one with the “E-9” inked on the back) comes closer to my wrist than Ken’s, which appears to be a kid’s glove. Definitely not a first baseman’s mitt in any case.

    The fast forward may be lazy, or it may mean there is not going to be any three panel resolution. The Valley League plays until something like the 4th of July, which gives us a lot of time for further complications.

    Comment by vaganova — May 19, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

  6. Back off, Teenchy. I’ve got the corner on doing lazy posts. You wouldn’t want to see me start doing song parodies,* would ya?

    * I will not be writing any song parodies anytime soon.

    Comment by timbuys — May 19, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

  7. Ha! If only I could come up with a song parody for this arc. All in due time; it’s not like there aren’t any good drinking songs to riff on…

    Comment by teenchy — May 20, 2016 @ 7:39 am

  8. Well it could be that non-freckled Darth Bader has switched to first base, which would explain the glove, but not how the putative second baseman has fingers longer than his hand. Also every glove I’ve seen has a wrist strap/band thing?

    Comment by viscosity — May 20, 2016 @ 7:50 am

  9. In light of the Friday strip, I’m thinking that Freckles is definitely not Barry. He’s another cardboard cutout Mudlark whose behavior rings false.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 20, 2016 @ 8:01 am

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