This Week in Milford

May 10, 2018

You’re Out of Order, Bader!


The Mets got busted for batting out of order yesterday and the Twittersphere had fun with it.

Screenshot-2018-5-10 Dyllmonger on Twitter

What’s Gil’s excuse? His lineup card reads 1-2-x-x-6-7-8-9-10. Let’s zoom in on it:


Most of these guys are Milford’s usual suspects:

1. Mike Filion was the Mudlark’s undersized QB last fall

2. Barry Bader, well, you know him. Still showing zero signs of maturation

x. Andre Ruffin knows how to host a party

x. Pete DeWindt has been here since, like, forever

6. The same could be said for Paul Beaudry

7. Pelwecki has long worn out his welcome. His Rosie the Riveter pose pales in comparison to Lucky Haskins’ but he’s feeling it*

8. Jorge Padilla, like his MLB namesake, is an outfielder (or some new position, CH). We’ll find out if that skinny kid can jump and rob hitters of homers

9. We get the classic name Hiawatha James and it’s the only one Whigham can’t write out? Lazy!

10. Larry Arroyo was introduced to us as a non-Pelwecki sub for Barry Bader but now he’s a pitcher third baseman – that is, if he’s the same guy

May River has to be a long ride from Milford; maybe that’s why Gil’s lineup card is so wonky. Bluffton (home of May River High) has become known in recent years as an affordable alternative to nearby Beaufort and Charleston for Yankee retirees. Maybe Mr. Bakst or some other Milfordians have moved there and will form a home away from home crowd for the Mudlarks. Play ball!

*Note Pelwecki is written in at DH, but no pitcher is named; Arroyo, batting last, is at 3B (oops – teenchy)



  1. It has been quite a while since we saw a full-on batting order, 2011 according to Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx, so this is much appreciated. While we have seen most of these guys before, we have not necessarily seen them on the baseball diamond. Bader, DeWindt, Pelwecki, and Van Auken are the only returning baseball players from last year’s lineup.

    This is DeWindt’s 7th season in the strip, putting him just 1 season away from Miles Paris’ record of 8 seasons for a never-featured student character (a “that guy”). This is Bader’s third season at 2B, which when stacked on top of the three seasons of Knox Foley that preceded him means that Milford has had an insufferable jerk at 2B since 2013. The last non-shmuck 2B for the Mudlarks was Adam Ford, who spent 3 seasons at 2B from 2010-2012. Wait, who? Exactly… Ford gave no one reason to remember him, so points for Foley and Bader I guess.

    The case of Larry Arroyo is an interesting one, as he was introduced as Bader’s backup at 2B 2 years ago and did not appear last year. Barry’s statement that he beat out a senior for the starting job could indicate that Larry Arroyo was that senior and that this Arroyo is different one.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 10, 2018 @ 7:57 am

  2. Sure, that’s a weak lineup but have you seen the Tigers?

    Comment by Downpuppy, w/cheez (@Downpuppy) — May 10, 2018 @ 9:19 am

  3. If “Hiawatha James” does not become a central figure in this plot I’m going to be terribly disappointed. But if Dafne DeFoliant keeps on track, we’re going to suffer through another story about team sorehead Barely Bader. billy’s conjecture that the present Arroyo is a younger brother of Larry Arroyo, the senior who suffered the indignity of being edged out by the then sophomore Bader, makes perfect sense. And at least this one gets to play.

    Comment by vaganova — May 10, 2018 @ 9:25 am

  4. Shouldn’t Bader be saying “beating” and not “leading”?

    Comment by franku2016 — May 10, 2018 @ 9:33 am

  5. 1. As a Mets fan, let me say that lineup blunder won’t even be the Metsiest thing they do in the month of May…

    2. WTF is Bader complaining about? Where was he batting the previous three seasons? There’s absolutely nothing he can do batting leadoff that he couldn’t do from the second slot… It’s not like Gilberto slotted him 8th or something…

    3. Am I wrong, or did I see Pelwecki introduced as the second baseman a couple weeks back?

    4. Bader’s been around so long he almost came to blows trying to argue Pedroia was the best 2B in the majors when he was first introduced…Oh my, how times change…

    5. Nevermind, I see Milford uses the DH which means they aren’t playing real baseball anyway…

    Comment by hitorque — May 10, 2018 @ 11:05 am

  6. RE: Downpuppy, w/cheez (@Downpuppy)

    It’s different because at least Detroit is intentionally TRYING to lose…

    American sports need to stop rewarding this shit.

    Comment by hitorque — May 10, 2018 @ 11:07 am

  7. The Secret proceeds to foul off sixteen fly balls and the game is called due to a dearth of baseballs.

    Comment by timbuys — May 10, 2018 @ 11:20 am

  8. @hitorque I think the confusion about Pelwecki’s position might stem from my post a few weeks ago which linked back a few years to the first time we saw the name Kevin Pelwecki. In the strip from August 12, 2016, a player was shown tagging out a runner (a player without the signature Pelwecki tresses BTW) and the narration box said “Keven Pelwecki fills in nicely for the absent Barry Bader”.

    Outside of that one appearance, I don’t believe Kevin was heard from again in that baseball season. It was already mid August and that plot was already FUBAR.

    The Secret Pelwecki emerged during the fall football plot and only got fleshed out into a full fledged character (*snicker*) then. Once he was established as a lineman, he was subsequently introduced as a DH when baseball rolled around last year.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 10, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

  9. Going camping for the weekend – – need a fill-in for tomorrow guys – thanks again. I’ll make it up with a meta-post sometime. — Rob

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 10, 2018 @ 2:38 pm

  10. Another good one frank. I thought I was funny. But looks aren’t everything.
    No Rock N Roll Thursday but I will mention that desert/stoner rock band Fu Manchu will be at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago Saturday May 19. They are a future rock n Roll Thursday participant. If you want to check them out The Action is Go album is a good place to start as is Eatin’ Dust. Fans of Blue Oyster Cult will want to hear their cover of Godzilla. ROCK ON!!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 10, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

  11. So the Mudlarks have no substitutes?

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 10, 2018 @ 7:08 pm

  12. I can do tomorrow’s post, rob. Have fun camping.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 10, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

  13. Oh, Jive Turkey, quit teasing the ’70’s side of my brain(ha). YES I will check out the band and the cover of “Godzilla”. They keep playing “Don’t Fear The Reaper” all the time on playing lists at your local neighborhood Wal-Mart, Target, etc., thereby keeping Blue Oyster Cult alive and kickin’. Good.
    I’m on it.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 10, 2018 @ 8:01 pm

  14. Good deal , Tdrew. I like to appeal to the age group by teasing them with covers that may interest them. This isn’t a cover but another great song by Fu Manchu on the Eatin’ Dust album is Module Overload.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 10, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

  15. Sometime late at night, on a Classic TV channel, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are in rare form

    “And how can you deduce that this coach is incompetent?”
    Long drag on mile-long curvy pipe
    “Elementary, my dear Watson. Observe the scorecard. Anybody who has taken arithmetic and basic algebra will immediately notice that there are 2 ordinal numbers between 2 and 6 when in fact there are 3.”
    “Holmes, he must have forgotten the cleanup hitter.”
    “Whatever the reason, I’ve no time to discuss. Time is of the essence. The point is that this should be enough grounds for the Milford School Board to fire him. Factor in that he would be better suited for Ancient Egyptian History based upon the hieroglyphics in the #9 slot-”
    “And that the sniveling Bader lad is up to his blathering antics again. Why, I would have been delighted just to be in the starting lineup.”
    “Precisely. Watson, I want a full report sent down to Scotland Yards.”
    “I’d be delighted. Anything to get away from your violin-playing. It’s just as bad as the baseball plot.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 12, 2018 @ 10:49 am

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