This Week in Milford

April 24, 2017

Let’s Run Extra Laps

Filed under: softball, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 3:40 am

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Instead of catching some  of the girls’ game I have to run extra laps. I’ll leave it to the commenters to figure out if the Argonia baserunner dislocated her butt or who the heck those guys are.

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  1. Nice of Rubin to spend two whole panels on the girls’ team. I still say, based on past experience, that at least 80 percent of the game action will feature the boys’ squad.

    As for the actual depiction of sports, if that’s how the Mudlark first baseman fields her position, she’s gonna get spiked early and often. Foot firmly planted on the middle of the bag. In fact, it looks like she’s trying to trip the Argonia runner.

    Speaking of Argonia, this is another epic road trip for the Mudlarks — all the way to Kansas.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 24, 2017 @ 6:06 am

  2. My mistake, it’s an epic road trip for Argonia.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 24, 2017 @ 6:07 am

  3. John, does it look to you like #4 is running pretty far on the “fair” side of the first base line? Don’t you get called out for doing that?

    Comment by Philip — April 24, 2017 @ 6:55 am

  4. “Pitcher Carrie Hobson is battling…”

    Panel 1 written by Art Howe.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 24, 2017 @ 7:36 am

  5. “Or we could catch some of the girls’ softball game!” -Said no dude ever in recorded history at my high school… Then again, our softball team didn’t have the dimes that Milford has — You usually had to check out volleyball if you wanted to see some hotties…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 24, 2017 @ 8:34 am

  6. Those who fault the play at first are right. The runner is far enough inside to risk interference, and the first baseman is obstructing the bag. She should be in a stretch with only the toe of her spikes in contact with the second base side of the bag, and since this is a force she should move her foot away as soon as she makes the catch, for safety reasons. If steel spikes were still in use, she’d be courting fifteen or so stitches with the play as depicted.

    Comment by vaganova's batboy — April 24, 2017 @ 11:08 am

  7. Philip, your question is a fair one and from my own experiences in Babe Ruth League/high school baseball, this is what I have learned from the rules and how this one in particular gets applied.
    You’re absolutely right that the runner could get called out if she is running in fair territory like that. The first thing is that defense should be able to field the ball ANYWHERE on the field. Everything pretty much hinges from that in relation to runner or batter interference. If interference is called, the ball is dead and SOMEBODY, batter or runner, is out. Now in this particular instance, the runner SHOULD be running in a long rectangular box that starts at the halfway point between home plate and 1st base that you’ll see on a lot of baseball diamonds. If the runner runs in fair territory, she STILL might not be called out as long as there is no interference. BUT, If, say, the catcher fields a dribbler and fires one down to 1st base and the runner, running in fair territory like our hapless runner in P2, gets plunked on the head by the throw, she should be out because she was inside the line and interfered with the throw. Notice I say SHOULD because it’s a judgement call by the umpire although many times it DOES get called that way. I always instructed my runners to run on the right of the foul line as there was a 99% chance(ha) they wouldn’t get called for interference(unless they’re waving their arms running to 1st base-ha ha). It’s a good question.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 24, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

  8. Beautiful clarification by T Drew. You can’t run in fair territory that way for the precise reasons he explains. Notice too that unless there is a serious question of extra bases, the batter-runner will always veer right upon touching first, in order to obviate any possible interference call.

    Comment by vaganova's batboy — April 24, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

  9. Thanks, vaganova. You keep me going, My Man.

    To partially answer ned’s question, it appears Jerry Lee Lewis is also into baseball, after a glorious time doing cameo duty on the basketball team. I’m sure a similar role is forthcoming on the diamond. Shagging for Coach T. and priming the pump when the plot gets stale will in all likelihood be the extent of his role on the team.
    As for the other two, that’s up for grabs but that has to be the worst Mohawk hairdo that Player #1 is sporting. Did he try to use a scalpel across the back of his head without a mirror? It shows. This is what happened to Tecumseh’s Confederacy at the Battle of Tippicanoe.
    And I’m sure between canoeing a few laps around the stream in back of them and going to the girls’ game would indeed be a no-brained, especially when it’s feeding time for the crocs. Go for it, gentlemen.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 24, 2017 @ 7:58 pm


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