This Week in Milford

May 5, 2017

Mount Van Auken

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Pissy faced Gil — robmize2013 @ 5:22 pm

When we were introduced to this Ryan Van Auken chap, we learned he was a former hothead who’s reformed into a semi-normal tempered guy at best. Of course we know that whatever is said about someone in this strip, the remainder of the storyline will consist of that person displaying the opposite behavior whenever he/she is involved. Which invariably is day after day after day. Why tell us anything and then not contradict it, so to speak.

So here goes a missed ball/strike pitch, which by the way the catcher stuck his glove out practically over home plate to catch it; if the batter swung its easily catchers interference. So kind of a moot point there. And of course the team cant play over the bad call as ALL teams must do as no umpire is perfect until they have robots behind the plate sometime in 2035 or whenever. P1 shows the OF 2 feet from the fence for a ball he has NO chance for; he’ll need a cast-iron jockstrap any second now. And Gil comes out to calm down his suddenly upset pitcher, who does what they all do and tries to convince Gil he can handle the moment. Gil, just get  a reliever up and do your job and move along.  Its game 1 of a 30-game, 5 game a week season, where a lot of teams play doubleheaders every week. And you’re worried about 1 game and 1 pitcher. Thats what happens when it takes a week to PLAY 1 FREAKIN GAME!! We over analyze what should be a small portion of a season.





  1. Panel # 2–umpire has “outside” protector. Today most umpires wear the “inside” chest protector, & the last umpire in the big leagues to wear an outside protector was in the 1985 season

    Comment by George P Burdell — May 5, 2017 @ 6:38 pm

  2. There goes Gil again. Amateur shrink. Maybe his head is fine but his arm isn’t. Gil has no clue on either. Check him out in P 3. Is that his pubies he’s displaying? How punk rock. What a sicko!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 5, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

  3. George, Your observations on the umpire attire are excellent and they hit the mark.
    That said, folks, that has to be the most atrocious get-up worn by the umpire in P2 in all my years of following GT. Even the Jiffy Pop baseball hats worn by both teams don’t compare to this crude piece of equipment evidently obtained out of the Milford Salvage Yard. Some manufacturer utilized special care in attaching the seat belt to the Domino’s Pizza delivery box so that it wouldn’t fall apart when it came in contact with a slider or a foul tip. Now if only that same manufacturer could weld the fingers back on the umpire’s hand, the latter can signal how many are out.

    Jeff Foxworthy: “When you’re umpirin’, if yore chest protector consists of a pillah stuffed with goose feathers tied to yore chest by sum duct tape wrapped ’round yore belly lak a mummy, ya might be a redneck.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 5, 2017 @ 8:16 pm

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