This Week in Milford

April 18, 2017

Opening Day Track Meet

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Marty Moon — timbuys @ 9:19 am


P1: Surplus outfielders? I’m not sure how that’s a thing at the high school level, but that may just be my ignorance of high school baseball shining through.

P2: How that bunt doesn’t turn into a pop fly is beyond me.

P3: How much of a traffic spike will this call out get the Wellington Daily News? If this is WDN’s Social Media Director’s idea of a master promotion – one that might even go influenzal – I have some sad, sad news to tell that person.



  1. You suppose Marty has ever washed out his Sparkly-Cup, or just let the residue build up for years and years?

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 18, 2017 @ 10:10 am

  2. A track meet? Is Gary Meola there? He’s a big deal track guy.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 18, 2017 @ 12:07 pm

  3. The Mudlarks do play all over the country (they played Binghamton, ten miles from my house) last fall, and now, amazingly enough, they’re in New Zealand, the North Island, specifically.

    I see timbuys’s point about the bunt, but think Ortiz has probably topped it to get the ball down and perhaps bounce high. Doing so raises the odds there will be so much spin that the ball will squirt wildly and induce an error– Cobb once got all the way to third that way, with multiple errors.

    Comment by vaganova's batboy — April 18, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

  4. Ned beat me to it. “And suddenly, it’s a track meet! They’ve replaced the baseball with a shot put! Hurdles are being set up in the baselines! Players are swinging javelins! And what’s this? Gary Meola? He’s not even supposed to be at this venue!”

    I have no idea how I missed Marty’s swanky Sparkly-Cup, so thanks to John for pointing that out. I imagine it was designed by Lisa Frank.

    Let’s examine the rest of Marty’s equipment: A nifty tablet-computer, a dozen collated printouts, a tape recorder from 1982, and chopsticks. He’s more than ready to cover the sudden arrival of a prison bus outside his WDIG broadcast booth.

    Comment by drewfunk — April 18, 2017 @ 1:38 pm

  5. Why can’t I see the chopsticks, drewfunk? Please tell me I don’t have to start following the puzzle pics in The Family Circus in order to do so.

    Comment by vaganova's batboy — April 18, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

  6. For reference, this year’s Mudlark baseball lineup is officially:

    C – Mike Granger
    1B – Geoff Larkin
    2B – Barry Bader
    3B – Ken Brown
    SS – Pete De Windt
    OF – Bobby Mitchell
    OF – Max Ortiz
    OF – Ron Hall
    P – Collin Lalonde
    P – Ryan “Cane” Van Auken

    Possible additions might be Bobby Mitchell as a pitcher, Collin Lalonde as an outfielder when not pitching, Hakeem Archer as a pitcher, and Kevin Pelwecki as a utility infielder. They all filled these roles last season.

    Trivial note: Granger, Brown, Lalonde, and Ortiz are all in their 3rd year on the team, meaning that they had the misfortune of playing with both Knox Foley (HOWAREYA!) and Barry Bader at 2nd base.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 18, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

  7. @vaganova The side of Marty’s computer appears to me to be a separate utensil coming out of Marty’s fist at a 45 degree angle from his pen. Hence, chopsticks. Could also be a crochet hook.

    Comment by drewfunk — April 19, 2017 @ 6:18 am

  8. That bat in P1 looks like a lead plpe. No wonder the ball is bouncing off the fence.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — April 19, 2017 @ 11:38 am

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