This Week in Milford

May 19, 2018

Holy Smokes! Marty’s Back!

Filed under: actual action, baseball, Gil Thorp, hideous scar faces, Marty Moon — teenchy @ 2:14 pm


One of the common pet peeves here at This Week in Milford is the passage of time in the Thorpiverse and how rarely the school year and sports seasons parallel neatly with those in real life. For example, while the Mudlarks are playing what appears to be their second game of the season, high schools in the US have completed their regular seasons and the College World Series is less than a month away. Given that this is the first appearance of Marty Moon since he was given an additional two-week suspension and roasted by Gil on his way out the WDIG door, I want to say two weeks in Milford pass like a month in real time. Of course time dilation is fluid and by the end of next week we could be looking at a playdown scenario.

Me, I’m just waiting to hear what Marty has to say when Jorge Padilla comes to bat. Anyone else feel cheated that Rubin didn’t give us Marty’s on-air mea culpa?

Anyhoo, let’s focus on the action.  Looks like Pelwecki found his missing 1/16 of an inch.  I think I figured out how he found it; he’d been wearing #30 up to this point but now he’s switched to lucky #13.  Our cliffhanger comes at the other end of Barry Bader’s sharply hit ground ball.  Barry’s been a bit tetchy since Dafne set Jay Bhatia on him and got all up in his face about his dad; he’s a firecracker waiting to go off.  Maybe there’ll be a close play at first and Barry will give us that Jimmy Piersall moment I’ve been waiting for for the past two years.


  1. In real life I’ve been doing intense circuit training. I think that’s where I found the extra 1/16th of an inch !!

    Comment by Kevin Pelwecki — May 19, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

  2. Kevin, we are thrilled at your achievement and grateful it’s reflected in your alter ego Palookas’s three run homer. I for one am disappointed that the frame showing his teammates greeting him as he crossed the plate was omitted.

    I think we have become more sympathetic to Barely Bader over the past couple of years, considering that he’s carrying weights unfairly imposed by Del, but I have an awful feeling that he has just grounded into a 5-3 putout and that Bader the Pissy is about to reappear. It’s been foregrounded by his displeasure at not leading off, and contrasted by the obviously well liked Palooka giving Mfnrd a three run lead.

    Comment by vaganova — May 20, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

  3. For the record, the Bullwinkle version was Hokey Smokes

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 20, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

  4. AND I WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Barry had a chance to right the ship and hit a hard smash off the 3rd baseman’s glove for a double down the line(“I can tell you’ve been watching Moose’s videos.” “Thanks, Coach.”) and drastically alter his crybaby image but noooooooooooo, it’s back to the Baby Bader Theater again. We were ready to forgive the leer at the lineup card if he’d have pulled The Natural and parked one in the Milford Sewage Treatment Plant next door but Coach Kaz has to apply the Sleeper Hold to keep the umpire from seeing what we see every day, and then some. Just when P3 offered Baby a chance to turn over a new leaf, Thorpiverse once again reared its ugly head. teenchy, sorry for the late-night heroics but this was brewin’ in the crock pot until now. And what an appropriate word.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 21, 2018 @ 7:16 am

  5. @ 5-6: Folks, I believe we have been spammed by Russian bots. Добро пожаловать в Милфорд, товарищи!

    Comment by teenchy — May 22, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

  6. […] then gives the ball a ride, which leaves his bat looking like a little white bullet, over the fence by 40 feet, easy. He’s a big, 18- or 19-year-old fellow like I told you before (I think), and if you don’t hurry […]

    Pingback by Bombs Away, Kevin – er, Barry | This Week in Milford — June 2, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

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