This Week in Milford

April 17, 2017

Geoff Larkin? What’s His Story?

Filed under: baseball, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, softball — nedryerson @ 2:53 am


Carrie Hobson, higher on the status scale than hurdler, is ready to pitch for the Mudlarks. Will Gary Meola ever know that Carrie is scheming on him? He’s kind of a big deal track guy. Will Gary and Carrie’s worlds collide at any point during the Spring?

Let’s forget about them. It’s time for Gil to recite the opening baseball lineup to Marty (who shares Gil’s enthusiasm for Lefty Ryan “Cane” Van Auken). You’ll all be happy to know that Barry Bader is back at second base. Let the games begin.




  1. So I guess Barry Bader is all better now? … or are we slow-playing a big Bader/Cane throw down?

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 17, 2017 @ 5:02 am

  2. Great. More Master Bader this season. Wonder if we will get to see him visiting Papa Bader at the big house.

    Comment by Bob Hricik — April 17, 2017 @ 6:19 am

  3. Bader is our last hope for breaking the chain of increasing suckitude that I’ve seen in every storyline for the past three years…

    So now our baseball team has two certified “likes to start some shit” guys (or is it three with Brown?)… Expect to see a lot of chirping, puffed chests, ruffled feathers and general purpose grabass bullshittery in the locker room this spring!

    Comment by Hitorque — April 17, 2017 @ 7:47 am

  4. The last “big deal track guy” featured in this strip was Gaylord Trenary “G.T.” Grayling, who was irritating readers during baseball season long before Barry Bader. Grayling nicknamed himself “The Grayhound”, quit track to play baseball, and then tried to play power hitter instead of using his speed. At the end of the year, Gil basically admitted that Grayling was a cancer and that it was a mistake to give him significant at bats, if not a spot on the team at all.

    The last Dutch-surnamed pitcher featured in this strip was Marty DeJong, who was really good. As an adult, DeJong tried to burn down Gil’s house.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 17, 2017 @ 7:54 am

  5. “I’m eager to see your new leftie, Gil!”
    “Me too! I hear he’s pretty good. I should probably come to a practice sometime to find out though.”

    Comment by drewfunk — April 17, 2017 @ 10:11 am

  6. It’s unusual to start a season with this many potential conflicts screaming at us. A new pitcher with a history of explosive behavior, in the same locker room with Barely Bader, whom even the placid Ken Brown nearly strangled last spring. I do think that Bob Hricik is on to something– it will be a waste if we do not get to see Bader Sr making big ones into little ones, or at least stamping license plates. And it’s going to be some infield– a fairly new name at third, a tight end at short, the team asshole at second, and a captain who convinced his parents to take in the Team Problem from basketball, at first. And Granger the Sleuth behind the plate. Tell us who’s playing center field?

    Comment by vaganova's porter — April 17, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

  7. @billytheskink:

    1. There’s the coach Thorp we know and love… Sure he could have done his fucking job and intervened sooner, but then we wouldn’t have had a storyline that lasted an entire season, would we?

    2. FFS I’m so goddamned tired of these lameassed nicknames…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 17, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

  8. Gil won’t start Cane because he’s not a returning letterman. What a turd! Gil wants to lose the first game to take the pressure off all those returning letterman. No playdowns .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 17, 2017 @ 6:46 pm

  9. As I promised vaganova, I would have a field day(pardon the pun) with the baseball field.
    And I am scratching my head wondering where the Sam Hill(to quote Colonel Potter from MASH) Coach T. and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, er, Marty Moon are standing. Center field? To me, that would be the most logical conjecture but the Stairway to Heaven(smack my forehead), BLEACHERS, there we go, bleachers are present and I highly doubt that fans fill this area to observe home plate, where 3 people(umpire, catcher, batter) apply their trade. And why would Coach T. coach from there? He might as well be hovering over the Mudlarks in a helicopter. And I wouldn’t think Coach T. and Vladimir are exchanging “North by Northwest” information. Third base? That’s a heckuva lot of foul territory for a high school baseball field, a generous amount of room for our fielder in P2 to be snagging those Wilson tennis balls like the one he’s presently snagging in his glove. First base? Well, okay, except I was under the impression that Ken Brown was the first baseman unless he’s sitting down due to all the stress from sheltering a fellow teenager completely unrelated to him. I could see where missing the Playdowns, harboring a fugitive, and, to appease the plotline gods, jumping into baseball with his basketball uniform under baseball attire could prove onerous on his plate. One thing I can say without fear of contradiction is that Milford baseball has plenty of Saran Wrap(as drewfunk has pointed out), stored in the equipment shed so that in case a hapless Mudlark chases a fly ball and collides with the fence, the grounds crew can simply yank some more SW from the huge roll and make the appropriate repairs.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 21, 2017 @ 9:48 am

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