This Week in Milford

July 20, 2018

The Reinvention Of Barry Bader (And Other Assorted Unearned Payoffs)


Remember yesterday when we were lamenting the eleventh hour assertion that Jay Bhatia somehow had a story that needed to be paid off? Also, remember how we have intermittently wondered if Kevin Pelwecki’s pursuit of Joe Sharkey’s home run record would have a conclusion? Also, remember how we’ve all wondered just how long this season was going to go and whether anything at all was going to be settled?

Oh, and there was one more thing we’ve all been wondering, what was it…? Oh yeah, Barry Bader. We wondered if, when and how exactly Barry might achieve some measure of growth in his precarious position as a well established asshole beset on all sides by people who are, at best, disinterested in helping him?

Well folks, it looks like it’s all getting paid off right here, in three panels and in stunning Technicolor. At least it looks like it will in the near future. Can Whigrub pull this off in one more strip? Do they dare? Stay tuned.


  1. If panel 3 foreshadows Barry telling the team that he’s had a life-changing experience and he’s no longer going to be a self-absorbed asshat, then like I said earlier this week… Worst. Afterschool. Special. Ever.

    Comment by jvwalt — July 20, 2018 @ 6:49 am

  2. So we missed 6 of Pelwecki’s homers. Dangit, Rubin, you gave us a bunch of ambiguous outcomes of games while depicting Pelwecki chasing Sharkey’s record and now you decide to skip over even that? Give us some dadgum baseball!

    Comment by billytheskink — July 20, 2018 @ 7:18 am

  3. So the great Pelwicki is going to hit 4 HRs, Jay Bhatia will pitch a no hitter and Master Bader will declare he is no longer an asshole all in the last game of the never ending season, or not.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 20, 2018 @ 8:49 am

  4. That’s hit 4 HRs.

    Fixed! – TimP

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 20, 2018 @ 9:17 am

  5. Catcher Hiawatha James sez: “Keep it simple Jay. We’ll just start by throwing the ball where I call for it. Yeah, that’s my name. I’ve been here all season, dammit!”

    Comment by nedryerson — July 20, 2018 @ 9:29 am

  6. So, by showing Moose constantly bungling an easy name like “Sharkey” are they supposed be insinuating that he’s not really that smart or that he’s just apathetic about former players? Either way, this story is beyond stupid and it’s time to end it. It would be funny though if the real Joe Sharkey happened to show up and started calling KP names like “douche” instead of Moose, Pel-Dik-E, instead of Pelwicki, and Kenny instead of Kevin

    Comment by franku2016 — July 20, 2018 @ 11:56 am

  7. I wonder if Shaky and Shankey will lead to Shamsky, in honor of the Miracle Mets’ Art Shamsky. Shamsky was a fine hitter and had a great arm (can you say “right field?”) but was not noted for his fielding. Thus his spectacular defense in game 2 was one of the early signs that divine intervention was involved. It’s still my all-time favorite World Series despite the fact I have been a Yankee fan since before birth. One of the New York papers ran the headline JOY IN MUDVILLE.

    Comment by vaganova — July 20, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

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  9. […] action. Boys first, naturally. Jay Bhatia has become the opening day starter? He has achieved the goal he set last year. Also, he must have gotten […]

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