This Week in Milford

April 30, 2018

We Can Stop Talking About Kevin Now

Filed under: baseball, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 6:31 am


Baseball practice continues and Kevin Pelwecki continues to be the only Mudlark mentioned by name (except Barry Bader, who was mentioned anecdotally). Baseball is (or can be) the most monotonous sport, so why not just hammer this to death. Go ahead, tell us more about Kevin. I’ll be waiting over here for anything to happen.

Panel 3: Wait a minute…is Gil about to do some, how do you say…..coaching? I was thinking briefly about how a coach might approach a young athlete enamored with the finer points to the exclusion of working on the basics. The first thing that came into my head was a scene from The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, an inferior sequel to the original. William Devane is the coach and he has a pitcher who wants to imitate big league pitchers with disastrous results. The kid wants to use a Luis Tiant wind up but he can’t get the ball near the plate, so Devane has to essentially play a little mind game with the kid and just use the old “hey kid, toss me the ball, no just toss it” then repeat that several times and say, “see, that’s how I want you to pitch”. So, yeah Kevin, keep it simple. See ball, hit ball. (Did that movie leave a lasting impression on anybody else? I guess it came out at a time when I would see any piece of crap marketed to kids. What about the third movie, Bad News Bears Go To Japan, with Tony Curtis!? Yep, saw that one too.)

I chose to use the color strip today because I just can’t get enough of those red pants. Teenchy was musing about the players wearing full unis in practice and this one ups that even more with Gil in uniform as well. The red pants look great on him as he pairs them with an insouciant Milford hoodie, ala Joe Maddon.



  1. Pelwecki is stuck in the outfield?

    Comment by billytheskink — April 30, 2018 @ 7:20 am

  2. Funny you should mention that, Ned. I’m working from home today and wearing an insouciant hoodie myself.

    Those mono-red Milford unis remind me of the Indians’ bloodclot outfits from the mid-1970s or the Phillies’ Saturday Night Specials from later in the decade.

    Comment by teenchy — April 30, 2018 @ 7:49 am

  3. “You’re supposed to graduate in June”. What’s the over-under on the last Mudlark game of the year? July 14?

    Comment by Philip — April 30, 2018 @ 8:18 am

  4. The Orioles wore loud,
    bright orange unis, similar to the MHS red unis, in the 70’s and called them their Sunday Uniforms

    Comment by franku2016 — April 30, 2018 @ 9:12 am

  5. I am gobsmacked to see COACHING going on. By GIL, of all people!

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 30, 2018 @ 9:27 am


    Comment by hitorque — April 30, 2018 @ 9:32 am

  7. @franku2016: The uniform Milford is channeling is clearly the 1975 Cleveland Indians

    Comment by hitorque — April 30, 2018 @ 9:35 am

  8. It’s funny because a dude who’s 6’5 and 240lb plays second base and even with an alloy bat he doesn’t have the muscle to get the ball over the fence…

    And am I the only one who remembers it was Barry Bader who used to play 2B? Where does he play now??

    Comment by hitorque — April 30, 2018 @ 9:37 am

  9. @teenchy: I want to make love to that all-maroon Phillies uniform… They need to bring that one back

    Comment by hitorque — April 30, 2018 @ 9:38 am

  10. If Palooka continues trying this do-it-yourself change he’s going to end up pulling a Knoblauch. Second baseman the Yankees got from Minnesota, who tried to alter his throwing motion and ended up unable to throw at all (once he beaned Keith Olberman’s mother up in the stands.) The fundamental problem became “aiming the ball,” something no fielder should ever do– you square up, look into your teammate’s glove, and throw. Palooka is working on the batting equivalent of this.

    Knobby was soon out of baseball entirely. He had had a struggle mentally. The first sign of real trouble I remember is his arguing with the second base umpire with a live baseball on the ground next to him and men on base.

    Comment by vaganova — April 30, 2018 @ 10:06 am

  11. Typically only viewing the black and white version of the strip, I would’ve missed the nice two tone fleshtones in panel three. They’re a nice touch. Then I noticed the same treatment in panel two and, boy howdy, is that ever unsettling. Gil’s mitts in particular are rendered particularly gnarly.

    Comment by timbuys — April 30, 2018 @ 10:10 am

  12. P3: Well, Gil, that’s assuming the plot ENDS in June. Is anyone here in TWIMland holding his or her breath? Hard to imagine the storyline, dressed in cap and gown, walking down the aisle to receive its diploma. And tomorrow’s May, folks. The storyline better get the outfit to the dry cleaners pronto. Gee, how to scrunch Moose’s YouTube antics in a month, while dragging the Padillas along in ANOTHER storyline, play some baseball and/or softball games, still hoping to make a run in the playdowns, again in the same time frame. I think I’ll have another hack at Fermat’s Last Theorem.

    Late august in the Mudlark dugout
    “Moose, didn’t you graduate? What are you doing here?”
    “My eligibility is still good. Just thought I’d stick around in case Coach Thorp needed a pinch-runner. Plus I’m having a bunting clinic after the game.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 30, 2018 @ 10:12 am

  13. I half got the Talk About Kevin reference. After looking it up : No. Not gonna read, not gonna watch.

    Comment by Downpuppy, w/cheez (@Downpuppy) — April 30, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

  14. Thanks for playing decode the reference, Downpuppy. It occurred to me to use that reference because I titled Pelwecki’s first appearance “We Need To Talk About Kevin?”…I linked back to that first strip (When Pelwecki was subbing for Bader) last week.

    I saw the movie, but did not read the book. It is harsh.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 30, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

  15. Since that one mentions Wake Forest – John Wolford had a great senior year, 10th best QB stats in the country, #1 in the ACC. Also rushed for 683 years. Didn’t get drafted because he only weighs 200 lbs.

    Comment by Downpuppy, w/cheez (@Downpuppy) — April 30, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

  16. Who graduates in June? Most high schools have theirs before Memorial Day. They got a month to have a whole season? Jessus..

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 30, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

  17. Did someone mention Joe Maddon? It so happens I have Joe Maddon right here:

    “God, a good approach, good at-bats, weren’t they?” Maddon asked rhetorically after that game. “That is so fun to watch. Keep your launch angles, keep your exit velocity, give me a good at-bat.”

    Comment by timbuys — April 30, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

  18. Robmize, the high schools here in western NY may be the latest to end the school year. Our local HS has its graduation 16 June. The best I can tell, the last regular season baseball game is 18 May.

    Comment by Philip — April 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

  19. Interesting article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune by Paul Sullivan about foul balls which if you have several in a plate appearance is considered a good at bat. Brandon Belt had a 21 pitch at bat last Sunday which is a modern day record. Foul ball records only go back to 1988. White Sox Luke Appling claimed to have had 24 foul balls against the Yankees Red Ruffing in 1940. Better than that, he reportedly fouled off about 400 balls with a couple weeks left in spring training in 1941. He was upset the Sox low balled him in salary after finishing 2nd to Joe D the year prior. He was gonna make the Sox pay one way or the other. Good stuff.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 30, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

  20. Thats why a foul bunt on strike 2 is a strikeout. Some of the guys were so good at bunting theyd wear out the pitcher just bunting fouls.

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 30, 2018 @ 8:48 pm

  21. Ah, I kinda miss reading Paul Sullivan. I’m guessing he hasn’t become any less cynical as he’s aged. It might have been fun reading him while the Cubs actually won the dang thing.

    Comment by timbuys — May 1, 2018 @ 9:18 am

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