This Week in Milford

May 17, 2018

I wonder about you sometimes, Dafne. You may fold under questioning.


Barry Bader is not making enough of a scene here. These rando Milford kids are young enough to not harbor outright hatred for Barry; if anything they’re more likely to think “Oh yeah, that’s the kid whose dad pulled a DUI and killed that senior in a car wreck a couple of years ago. Are you gonna eat that?” Even the least sympathetic among them would realize that Barry doesn’t need Del’s story constantly thrown in his face, especially by some journalist wannabe who quite publicly nearly ruined another kid’s life last spring. He oughta let those kids see what an ass Dafne is being, then tell her to go home and get her shinebox.

As it is, she’s still gonna pursue this story, pointing to the 5/17 on the wall behind her as not being a firm date. (I’d make some crack about how Barry was so pissed off that he had to change shirts, but I’m working under the assumption that P3 takes place the next day.) Just one of several things wrong with today’s strip, the other being, well, the entire look and feel of it.

Honestly, I wish Whigham would go to a high school, or a mall (scratch that, no one goes to malls anymore), or wherever kids hang out these days – oh wait, kids don’t hang out these days. So go crawl behind a bathroom wall somewhere and see what teenagers actually wear for once. It ain’t big earrings – if anything it’s multiple small ones and not all in their ears. (Jim’s Borgman’s Pierce may be a caricature but his Sara isn’t too far off.) As for bracelets, it’s the rubber kind, not the ones your grandma used for napkin holders when she was feeling fancy.

metapost: I’ve been enjoying all y’all’s stories about the Ted Turner-era Atlanta Braves over the past couple of days. I’ve dropped enough hints over the past couple of years to let you know where I came from, but I’ll just come out now and say that I spent the bulk of the 1980s in the state of Georgia. I’ve probably seen more Braves games in person than I have of any other MLB team to date and developed a few connections to that franchise during that time. Among other anecdotes, I vividly recall hearing fans in a Fulton County Stadium crowd (those crowds were so sparse you could hear a lot of conversations going on) saying that Glenn Hubbard should be traded for a new infield tarp and an irrigation system. Anyway, don’t let me spoil the good times. I’ll pick my spots.



  1. What’s up with the guy asking “what’s up with Bader”? Why is he dressed like Han Solo? Is this a tie-in to the film that is about to come out?

    Comment by billytheskink — May 17, 2018 @ 7:51 am

  2. The Spike from Nancy and Sluggo visage in P3 is gracing the hallways of Milford High School once again. Shoulda seen all the ways Jerry Pulver could contort his face when he wasn’t getting his way with Coach Thorp.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 17, 2018 @ 8:17 am

  3. At some point, you cross a line even by journalistic standards. In my shop, we treat people who say “No” with some respect. We’ll occasionally re-inquire, but we don’t keep pestering them without cease. That’s counterproductive if you’re trying to break through a wall and establish a relationship with someone.

    If Dafne’s harassment is affecting Barry, then somebody — her editor, a counselor, Gil ThoHAHAHAHAHA couldn’t get through that with a straight face — should be telling her to back the F off.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 17, 2018 @ 10:03 am

  4. I admit that I did listen to the Milwaukee Braves on radio in the 1957 World Series. A guy from my home town played short for them (he had signed with Boston in 1947) and they edged my Yankees 4-3. 11 Hall of Famers in that series, including umpires Nestor Chylak and Jocko Conlon. In elementary school, the teachers would sometimes let us listen to the games as we did seatwork…

    Comment by vaganova — May 17, 2018 @ 10:29 am

  5. I’m imagining a sane world conversation tomorrow:

    Hey, Barry, what’s the problem?
    The hottest girl in school is trying to talk to me.
    Oh, you poor thing!

    Good thing we know that’s not going to happen.

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 17, 2018 @ 10:49 am

  6. Rob, I do remember Larry Whisenton. He maybe wasn’t as heralded as Gerald Perry, another who didn’t quite pan out. You’re probably right about Rick Camp. If it’s the same HR , I remember a pitcher being like 0-50 and then hitting a HR. I was thinking Rick or Mickey Mahler. But it was probably Camp as you recollect.
    Also does anyone remember a huge brawl in the 80’s at “the launching pad “ that I think involved the Padres. Maybe pitcher Eric Show started it? Many bean balls and fights on the field that also got fans involved. Pre Malice in the Palace. Wild, Wild stuff.

    JT, were you thinking of this? – teenchy

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 17, 2018 @ 11:06 am

  7. I’ve been loving your memories, Vaganova. I’m guessing I’m about 15 years younger than you are, so really only knew of the Braves in Atlanta — IIRC, 1969, the first year I got interested in baseball because my hometown Cubs were so amazing for the first 5/6 of that season, was the first year for divisions in the leagues. And so if the Cubs had won the division that year instead of those damn Mets, they would have faced the Braves in the NLCS? (And after beating them, taming the Orioles to win the Series!)

    Yes, it still stings almost 50 years later. The end of that summer was the first time I ever thought ‘wait until next year’. The Cubs were such a loaded team back then, with multiple future HOF players and an amazing infield (Santo-Kessinger-Beckert-Banks, the infield third-to-first, as Jack Brickhouse used to call it), you had to think that the next year would be the one. *Sigh* Many of you just could never know what 2016 meant to us, finally a lifetime of being also-rans changing once — just once, that’s really all we ever needed — for those of us who grew up with the Cubs, and thus were doomed to be fans for life, no matter how hard we tried even after moving 2000 miles away.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 17, 2018 @ 11:21 am

  8. Rubin’s painted himself into a corner with this subplot. He’s presented nothing to explain Dafne’s obsession with Pa Bader, when she could be writing stories about recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, or concussions among high school football players. Now it’s come to a complete stop. How can he get it moving … oh, dear, I almost said “get it moving again”, which would imply that it ever moved in the first place.

    And, FWIW, the super brawl at AFCS was 12 August 1984, and it started when Pascual Perez, famous for seizing the inside edge of the strike zone, hit Alan Wiggins with the very first pitch. San Diego pitchers tried to hit Perez every time up, and the situation was basically out of hand all game long. Thirteen players and coaches were ejected (Padres manager Dick Williams and his replacement Ozzie Virgil were among the ejectees). Five fans were arrested.

    Comment by Philip — May 17, 2018 @ 11:40 am

  9. @Moon Mullins: I have been a Cub fan all my life as well but 1969 and 1984 were truly hard to stomach. 2003 was bad too but the Cubs were actually over-achieving by going up on the Marlins in that series, not under-achieving like they did in ’69 and ’84. Black cat at Shea stadium, my ass…..

    Comment by franku2016 — May 17, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

  10. Oh, don’t even go there, robmize and Jive Turkey(ha). If it was 0-50, it HAD to have been Rick “Summer” Camp. That man couldn’t hit his way out of a paper bag. You HAD to have an supply of pinch-hitters in the neighborhood when he was pitching. Mahler was a gamer and if he struck out, at least he didn’t embarrass himself at the plate, as I recall. He might foul off a pitch or two and finally go down swinging but Camp and Garber were vying for The Whiff award annually.
    And I barely remember the homer but I remember Skip and Ernie and Pete treating it as if Hank had just hit #715. I mean, Summer Camp was simply non-lethal with the bat BY ANY MEANS. Decent pitcher who definitely was part of the ’82 Division Championship, his attitude grew on you, his Trion, Georgia down-to-earth manner endeared the fans and his teammates but he sucked at the plate and would tell you that(ha ha). But, to end with a positive, I loved the guy and what he brought to the team.
    The memories were sweet

    P3:”Whoa, whoa, here he comes
    Watch out, folks, he’ll chew you up
    Whoa, whoa, here he comes
    He’s a man-eater!!!!!!!!!
    He only comes out at breaks…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 17, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

  11. I miss Chief Nockahoma. And Brad Komminsk.

    Comment by southmauldin — May 17, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

  12. Moon, I’m 70, for now, but I have a good memory and thus can recall things going back as far as the early fifties, and smaller, “home” things going back to before I was two. For example, I remember seeing “The Miracle Mile” live from Vancouver in August of 1954 (Bannister vs Landy) when I was six years old and a month or so away from starting second grade. And I definitely remember Jackie stealing home in the first game of the ’55 World Series. My mother rooted for the Dodgers (she had a kind of proper crush on Junior Gilliam) while my father and I were Yankee fans. Astonishing play, and all four principals– Robinson, Whitey Ford, Yogi, and the home plate umpire– are in the Hall of Fame.

    It’s probably an ominous sign for the present story that we are focusing on the Braves, my memory, and baseball brawls.

    Comment by vaganova — May 17, 2018 @ 2:11 pm

  13. The game started on July 4th, 1985, Mets at Braves. NY had a one run lead going into the bottom of the 19th. The first two Atlanta batters were out, and Rick Camp had to hit for himself – and hit the only home run of his career to tie it. Then came the 20th, when the Mets scored four runs, but Atlanta came back in the bottom of the inning to get three, bringing Camp back to the plate. That time, he reverted to form, and struck out swinging to end the game at almost 4:00 AM.

    Remember it started on July 4th? They had fireworks scheduled, and no one thought to ask whether it was a good idea to start a fireworks show in that part of Atlanta at that time of night. So they started shooting off the fireworks. They say 911 got a lot of calls.

    Comment by Philip — May 17, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

  14. I’m sure it is Teenchy. Thanks. WiFi terrible at work. Will check out later. Atlanta Braves TTTTHHHHHUUUUURRRRSSSSDDDDAAAYY!!! has been a huge success.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 17, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

  15. Glad to be of service, JT.

    @southmauldin: One of the connections I had with the 1980s Braves was with a man named Levi Walker, whom you may recognize by his stage name.

    Comment by teenchy — May 17, 2018 @ 8:11 pm

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