This Week in Milford

July 20, 2016

The Stability Of Baseball

Filed under: baseball, Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 4:24 am


Stay focused on the important things in life, Kaz. Is Rubin purposely trying to make everyone in this arc aside from True appear to be an ass? Apparently so.



  1. “I hope he can adjust — or else I might have to actually DO something.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 20, 2016 @ 6:48 am

  2. So, I guess summer plots aren’t a thing anymore…
    Boo’s funeral didn’t close the school year, the most recent baseball and softball games didn’t do it, now not even Barry’s return to Milford High can end the thing. There is literally no time now to have any type of school break story before football begins. It was kind of that way the past two years, but at least those two involved clearly-labeled summer football practice programs.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, for all the issues there may have been during Jerry B. Jenkins’ time writing Gil Thorp, he knew how to pace a story-driven comic strip. Rubin’s pacing has gotten steadily stranger (worse? yeah, I’ll say worse too) as the years have gone on. I’m puzzled by this, because there was a time when Rubin attempted to somewhat mimic the writing of Jenkins and the late Jack Berrill and it was… well it was better than this.

    Jenkins may or may not have handled the death of Boo Radley any better than Rubin, but he darn sure would have ended the school year weeks ago, and he would have given us a good idea of how good or bad the baseball team was. And the Barry Bader vs. the world plot? Jenkins would have carried it through the summer break and into the fall, giving its resolution some time to build. I’m not betting on Rubin doing this.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 20, 2016 @ 7:32 am

  3. By the way Bader is gripping that baseball in panel 2 it looks like he’s got a lot of adjusting to do.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 20, 2016 @ 7:54 am

  4. Dadgummit! Panel 1.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 20, 2016 @ 7:56 am

  5. Just a question to anyone in the mortgage or bail bond business.
    Last week, Gil said that the Baders were taking out a second mortgage to cover bail. In the real world, will a lender issue a second mortgage to a household about to lose its major breadwinner? I have to figure Del’s going to do some time, and the family will have trouble covering the monthly payments. It seems as if the lender may as well start on the foreclosure paperwork at the same time they’re processing the Bader’s application.

    Comment by Philip — July 20, 2016 @ 8:19 am

  6. Is “the stability of baseball” a euphemism for greenies?

    Comment by nedryerson — July 20, 2016 @ 9:06 am

  7. @ned – the weight of the baseball is tipping him over in P1 – I think he’s heavy into the Doggie Downers already. A few beans might be just what he needs.

    “Doggie Downers.. mellows out your mutt. Hmm…”

    Comment by g2design — July 20, 2016 @ 11:14 am

  8. Missing P4:

    Kaz: “I believe in the stability of baseball…the small of a man’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

    Gil: “Oh my.”

    Today’s lame post forthcoming.

    Comment by teenchy — July 21, 2016 @ 3:41 am

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