This Week in Milford

May 26, 2018

Pitcher Padilla Not So Primo

Filed under: actual action, baseball, exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 3:27 pm


At the beginning of the season, Jorge Padilla was in the outfield, but today he’s on the mound. Faithful TWIMer vaganova has previously pointed out that high school pitchers, often the best athletes on their teams, frequently play the outfield, first base or DH between starts.  Maybe that’s the case with Jorge, but today he doesn’t appear to be the best pitcher on the Mudlarks.  Maybe that skinny kid can jump but his pitches can’t. Gil may be giving Jorge the hook in P2; from here it looks like he’s asking him to give him some.

No sign of Barry Bader today. I thought it was odd that Gil brought him along to Tilden, as it’s been my understanding that suspended players don’t travel with the team.  Of course, these are Thorp Rules and it was probably Gil that suspended him, not the Valley Conference.  If it was me, I’d have had him waiting back in the equipment room in Milford to wash everybody’s jocks when they got back.

Hey, is that Big Ken Brown back on the bench shouting words of encouragement to Pelwecki?  Doesn’t he have anything better to do?




  1. I thank teenchy for the mention but have to admit I have not thought of Jorge in a while and do not think he has been mentioned in any recent accounts of games. Barely’s not being mentioned suggests the team may go in other directions, and I have an awful feeling that Dafne DeFoliant, self-appointed therapist, may get Barely talking and bring about a “happy ending” to this snore of a spring plot. But at least Palooka will have finally achieved what he has been trying for since the Heather Burns plot of two falls ago.

    Comment by vaganova — May 26, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

  2. Memorial Day weekend is here! it was near 90 in Boston. Seniors have finished school.
    It’s Summer. Can we just toss the ball & call it over? Baseball is a dying sport, and there is no plot this year.
    Who’s up for beach volleyball?!

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 26, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

  3. Jorge has transformed his face to the Rogues Gallery. I’m sure Dick Tracy will be chasing Mumbles IV all over M-town, once the ball game is over, naturally. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
    And is it me or does anyone else remember Droopy’s enemy, Gorgeous Gorillawitz(I think that’s how it’s spelled), and those events they competed in(100-yard dash, golf, 200-yard swimming, Marty-toss, etc.) and, of course, GG found a way to drop a note to the judges that Droopy cheated? Remember the prize, a chance to reign with the queen who won those same events in the Female Division and The Kiss that would come with it? Remember the queen herself? GG certainly did as he ran out of the stadium faster than you can say “Thorpiverse picked a fine time to inject pitching skills into Jorge”. Anyway, I think the queen’s great-grandson is in P3, cheering on the Mudlarks when the ‘Larks are down on the mat. Nice to see athletics run in the family.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 26, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

  4. Isn’t “Padilla” what you are supposed to say when an oncoming car has only one headlight working, while simultaneously smacking the inside ceiling of your car?
    Or maybe that game was only played by a girl I dated in college.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 26, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

  5. Something must have gone haywire at the Gil Thorp Fun Factory, because we’ve had more baseball action in the past two weeks than we had basketball action the whole dang season.

    Not complaining, mind you.

    Comment by jvwalt — May 27, 2018 @ 8:22 am

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