This Week in Milford

May 23, 2018

Launch Angles!


OK, Gil Thorp, I am not ashamed to admit that, when it comes to depictions of cartoon violence, you have my full attention. Showing the Derby baserunner (my hero!) dusting himself off in P1 just before getting tackled made my day. The only disappointment is that we miss the rest of the tussle and skip right ahead to the ump ejecting BB.

Bonus points:

BB’s form looks pretty good in panel two.

I always thought umps tossed people with their thumbs, not their pointer fingers but maybe I’m wrong about that.

Bonus questions:

How much of a run up do you think BB got and did the Derby baserunner (my hero!) see him coming or was he hit from the side?

Did I mention that the Derby baserunner is my hero?



  1. Bader doesn’t look like he’s done; he’s gonna try and open up a can of whoop-ass on the ump because he’s still pissed about being called out earlier and now this.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 23, 2018 @ 9:10 am

  2. Gilberto Tharpe: Pete Rose vs. Bud Harrelson… Graig Nettles vs. George Brett… Ty Cobb vs. Everybody…The list goes on… QUIT PUSSYFYING THE GREATEST OF ALL SPORTS AND LET THE PLAYERS POLICE THE GAME THEMSELVES!!

    GT 2: I see Rubin hasn’t been watching SportsCenter lately… Because if he did, he’d know that “taking out” the SS/2B on a quick-turn double play is no longer a thing and that baserunner should also be ejected.

    GT3: For the record, this is all Kaz’s fault… He knew Barry was about to blow up like Tom Berenger in Platoon and it was his responsibility to remove him from the ballgame…

    Comment by hitorque — May 23, 2018 @ 9:31 am

  3. I agree. He may end up getting suspended. I like the Derby player too. He did a perfectly normal takeout slide which Barely somehow failed to jump over. Yes, we have another story about a thoroughly unattractive character, but it could be worse– Whigrub could have reverted to the model of the self-appointed “experts,” such as Bobby Howry, Knox Foley, or that knothead who ruined the Irish student’s stay in Mfnrd by “promoting” him.

    Comment by vaganova — May 23, 2018 @ 9:35 am

  4. Here’s the back door Dafne needed: she can write about the second baseman and where the temper issues came from that got him ejected. Of course, the article will make the temper issues worse, so there’s the next story.

    Comment by Philip — May 23, 2018 @ 9:37 am

  5. Dafne may do that, but somebody should tip her that Barely (and his father) were both assholes BEFORE the DWI crash.

    Comment by vaganova — May 23, 2018 @ 10:22 am

  6. Puss boy Bader should be done for the year. If Not by the state high school association or conference then Gil on his own. Maybe we’ll see Moose at 2nd.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 23, 2018 @ 11:34 am

  7. Children fighting?! I can sell this!

    Comment by billytheskink — May 23, 2018 @ 11:40 am

  8. We do a lot of good humored bitching about the artwork, especially the geometrically challenged panels, so I think I should say the drawings yesterday and today have been outstanding. The third panel yesterday, with Barely upended, is letter perfect. Like JT, I was wondering if we might be about to see Palooka lumbering around at second. There’s no way Barely is playing again right away– this is high school baseball, not the NHL. I’m curious if in the Valley Conference you can replace an ejected DH– in many leagues the pitcher has to bat.

    Comment by vaganova — May 23, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

  9. Apologies, compadres– that last bit made no sense at all. I got lost in the middle of a thought and barely got out alive. What I meant to write was that if Palooka were moved to second but continued to bat 7th, you’d still have Barely’s spot to fill, and I suspect you could not name a different DH– I think the pitcher would have to bat in that spot.

    Comment by vaganova — May 23, 2018 @ 12:27 pm

  10. I thought the slide yesterday looked OK since his feet were low & headed for the bag. It also looked like Bader avoided him, so I don’t know quite what’s setting this off.

    Have I mentioned that I’m a terrible ref? Even playing casual tennis with the best of intentions, my line calls would get overruled by 10 out of 10 bystanders waiting for the court.

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 23, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

  11. Hitorque is right that outright takeout slides (aimed at the opponent, not the base) are no longer allowed in the majors, but I don’t see the Derby player’s slide as dirty. As downpuppy points out, he appears to have been going for the bag, and the rule change is intended to outlaw things such as going in high, changing direction, or throwing what amounts to a cross-body block. From the trajectories depicted, the Derby runner probably hit one of Barely’s feet after he left the ground. But that’s Gil’s call– if he thinks Barely was the subject of a dirty play he may react differently than if, as usual, Barely is being a hyperdefensive jerk whose problems are always somebody else’s fault. His reactions to batting second, Dafne’s questions, and being called out at first on a close play suggest “B.”

    Comment by vaganova — May 23, 2018 @ 2:01 pm

  12. YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! And right on cue, not only is this plot made from 100% recycled paper but this script was writing itself 2 days before. Was Thorpiverse hoping we wouldn’t catch onto things? What did it think we were expecting, that psycho truck driver from “Duel” to be chasing Daffy Duck all over the Valley Conference only to run over the warning track in right field and follow the jerkwater Derby baserunner? Geez, try tackling that monster, Bader. Not that I’d put it past him.
    “What’d you do to your cranium?”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 23, 2018 @ 7:04 pm

  13. To judge by that tackling form, I see a bright future for Barry as a hard-hitting safety on the football team.

    Or a pro wrestler. SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR!

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 23, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

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