This Week in Milford

May 21, 2018

Barry Being Barry

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Is Barry being pissy because his father is in prison and he’s being hounded by Dafne, or is Barry just predisposed to pissiness? This is the question of the season, along with a general, all around WTF.

There’s something about the overall proportions of panel one that makes Barry look tiny. Maybe it’s just me. Each figure in the panel looks to be in a different plane and they seem disproportionately sized. I don’t really know. It just looks off.

So Barry grounds out and gets pissy with the ump. Seemingly out of nowhere, Coach Kaz appears to lift Barry and carry him away from confrontation. Is this a condensed version where we missed an escalating confrontation or did Coach Kaz just materialize at first to manhandle Barry preemptively? (If Kaz was coaching first base, he should have a helmet on, right?)

I’m going to have to say, as pissy as Barry can be, being lifted up and carried away by a coach (as humorous as the image is) is pretty transgressive. Even if Barry was being a turd, this is just a bad move. Do we have enough room in this plot to examine the repercussions of Kaz handling a player like this? It’s doubtful. I think it’s just supposed to be a funny gag, but it leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t even think I’m going all #metoo on this. I just think it looks bad. I think an ump should take control very quickly and just toss Barry for arguing. I would think that would be warranted in high school ball. If Barry melted down as a result of being tossed, that would require intervention, but we just don’t see that much detail of the whole incident.

Have at it readers!

Also: Rapped or chopped? Which one would you think would be easier to beat out?

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11 Comments »

  1. I like how the first baseman comes prepared with an extra ball in his left hand. I wasted much time in the color version trying, almost successfully, to match up that drawing with a human form. The missing wrist, black part of his pants, and the head, oh GOD that head…

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 21, 2018 @ 8:34 am

  2. I’d say “chopped” is easier to beat out, since it implies a high bounce. Then again, it depends on where the rap is directed. If it’s right at a fielder, easy out. If it’s in the hole, it’ll get to the outfield more quickly than a chopper.

    I’m sure there’s a sabermetric delineation of this, having to do with negative launch angles.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 21, 2018 @ 9:05 am

  3. Pops Bader couldn’t beat the rap. Barry couldn’t beat the chop. Both a couple of losers.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 21, 2018 @ 9:56 am

  4. The ump is in the wrong position anyway – he should stand farther behind the first baseman at a slight angle near the foul line. . He’s right in the baseline here and way too close to the players. Would get nailed by an errant throw. Plus if Bader makes a hard turn around first with a bad throw he’d collide with the ump.

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am

  5. The Kaz Carry is a throwback to his first appearance in the strip. He was umpiring a summer game, Gil was looking for an assistant & https://www.gocomics.com/gilthorp/2004/08/20

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 21, 2018 @ 10:37 am

  6. Everyone has pretty well picked the spots off these three panels, but I think the umpire’s position (robmize2013) is probably the worst. He’s not only potentially in the way on two counts, but he risks being screened by the first baseman. Normally you watch the base and listen for the catch in order to tell both whether the batter reaches in time and whether the fielder is in contact with the bag (naturally, you wait to be sure the fielder has held on before you say “He’s out.”) Here, he could easily miss either foot, or both. But as we have pointed out many times, the geometry of sports is not the Chief’s strong suit, as well as he renders people. I’ll stand for his drawing impossible angles as long as he illustrates the story well, which he almost always does.

    Comment by vaganova — May 21, 2018 @ 11:11 am

  7. I dunno, I guess I’m the only one discomfited by the inky void emerging from the lower right corner of panel 3 threatening to envelope the ump.

    Comment by timbuys — May 21, 2018 @ 2:53 pm

  8. Ned, to address your comments, good high school baseball coaches NEVER let their kids argue with the umpires(that’s the coach’s job). Kaz is doing the right thing gently but FIRMLY taking Bader out of harms way. The umpire, in my opinion, used good judgment in P3 letting the coach handle the problem and not tossing the kid. Let’s face it, kids are human and Bader blurting out in P2 is not unexpected as long as he heads back to the dugout and no further incident occurs. If Bader kept on, a good STERN warning is in order and kids DO BACK OFF(even Bad Boy Bader-ha), especially when the coach intervenes. And as long as Bader says “terrible call” THEN heads back to the dugout, the ump needs to let it go but if Bader tells the ump “You’re terrible”, NOW YOU TOSS HIM.
    One other thing I told my players is something I was taught when talking to umpires: Keep your voice low and know what the Hell you’re talking about. A kid that says “I was safe by a mile” is not gonna get a lotta leeway with the ump but “I was a step ahead of the tag” is something more specific and let’s the ump know YOU’RE IN CONTROL.
    One no-no the umpire is doing in P3 (and I have A LOT OF respect for umpires, they have a tough job) is folding his arms. Don’t look like you’re not interested. An umpire who lets the fans know that he’s into the game, is painfully aware of what’s going on, performs his duties in a way that does EVERYTHING to dissuade conversation may still have people calling for his job (ha ha) but is STILL RARELY QUESTIONED. As Knute Rockne once said “Good umpires come out to work, not see the game.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 21, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

  9. John S. @ 2: We talked about the Baltimore chop here a while back.

    Also: Is it me or does Barry have six fingers on his right hand in P1?

    Comment by teenchy — May 21, 2018 @ 5:01 pm

  10. Those Kaz Brady Anderson sideburns……

    Comment by southmauldin — May 21, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

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