This Week in Milford

July 16, 2018

Del’s a Witch! He Turned Me Into A Ballplayer!


Alright already with the glasses propped up on your forehead, Ma Bader. Have you had to read any print since you answered the door for Dafne, served brownies and sat down on the couch? Not that I can see. That’s just a minor gripe before moving on to the main issue…

What the hell is going on here? Why did Ma Bader invite Dafne over to have a front row seat for her Come To Jesus talk with Barry? She told Dafne she was there to “help me save my son”. How is Dafne supposed to help? Clearly Ma Bader needed to have this talk with Barry. Dafne’s article and Barry’s reaction did provide Ma with a “teachable moment”, but Dafne doesn’t have to shouldn’t be there. Boundaries, people!

It’s also clear that Ma Bader is in way over her head here. She’s calling her son damaged and attributing the damage to Del. I’d love to hear a reaction from an experienced family therapist on this line of conversation. It seems overly confrontational and judgmental. However, it is apparent that Ma Bader has suffered much too and in Del’s absence has only begun to come to terms with how to help Barry. They need professional help, not Dafne Dafonte.



  1. Remember all of those strips where Del’s obsessive coaching was clearly shown in contrast to Gil’s measured approach and how it really created great dramatic tension across the entirety of that one story arc? Me neither.

    Comment by timbuys — July 16, 2018 @ 6:52 am

  2. Nice of mom to FINALLY intervene in her son’s life, albeit 30 months late… Also nice of our star “reporter” to completely neglect interviewing the mom the first time around for her bullshit “story”

    Comment by hitorque — July 16, 2018 @ 7:01 am

  3. Kevin Pelwecki is still sitting on 7 home runs… “Chasing Sharkey” is turning out to be no Summer 1998, that’s fer sure.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 16, 2018 @ 7:33 am

  4. This surely can wrap by Saturday, right? Give me my summer story and Barry a Pepsi. (Yep, another Suicidal Tendencies reference.)

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 16, 2018 @ 7:59 am

  5. Gilberto Tharpe: It’s funny because second base is the one position almost universally guaranteed to have a Napoleonic “likes to fight guy” Lil’ Hitler asshole sociopath on most baseball rosters… Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Stanky, Billy Martin, Roberto Alomar, Davey Johnson, Dustin Pedroia (incidentally Bader’s favorite player), the list goes on… Maybe Barry’s secret rage is really coming from his mom not ever supporting him or attending any of his games??

    Gilberto II: It’s funny because Barry is a 3 or 4-year starter playing plus defense at a critical position and a mainstay in the top third of the batting order, and for the last three seasons he’s played for a coach, teammates, and a school that universally hates him. Yet there’s no talk about him playing college ball despite being one of Gilberto’s best players?

    Gilberto III: It’s funny because this “intervention” should have happened two years ago since any kid dealing with this abuse and other shit in real life would have long since shot the place up…

    Gilberto IV: Apropos of nothing, a freshman girl just walked out of my office… Her hometown? Milford, Delaware.

    Comment by hitorque — July 17, 2018 @ 11:30 am

  6. Ned, Like you and Ms Rizk have already mentioned, Daffy wasn’t REMOTELY obligated to be at her house but as long as she is going to indulge in ovoid brownies and milk, she really shouldn’t be an innocent bystander to something that could have(and really should have) been hashed out in private. They waited until the reporter from the Milford Enquirer showed up? “Ma Bader and martians negotiate trip back to Mars. Barry holds out.”

    “Graceland Mansion Officials to Discuss Terms with Daffy, Ensuring the Death of Elvis”
    sub headline
    “Belief that He Really Has Left the Building Still Up in the Air”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 17, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

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