This Week in Milford

April 6, 2020

I’ve Seen Prairie Style Windows From Both Sides Now

Filed under: baseball, Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 6:08 am


Forecast of snow? A lot of speed? Did I just walk in on a drug deal here? Of course not. There’s no room for that kind of excitement here. What do you think this is, Mary Worth? No, it’s time for Gil to go down the roster with Marjie in a little segment we like to call Gil Goes Down The Roster With Marjie Ducey.

We just met the pitcher, Mark Godleski, who carpools with one of the outfielders, Mark Knappe (aka The Mayor), a wiseass who chugs milk and cereal from a sports bottle. This makes him interesting.

The remaining two outfielders are well known to us here at TWIM. We have Chance Macy who was stealing carries from Charlie Roh last fall, much to the chagrin of Chet Ballard. Then we have Tiki Jansen, who Chet Ballard was trying to get kicked out of Milford High for not meeting residency requirements in the summer. Wow, we had a lot of Chet Ballard face planting last year.

Always last, of course, is catcher Hiawatha James. Hiawatha James never gets a story line. We’ve seen him scoring points on the field and taking part in some locker room banter, but so far we haven’t seen him run afoul of Chet Ballard or do any of the other two or three things that bring you into the foreground of Gil Thorp “action”.


  1. Chance Macy’s playing baseball, too? Maybe he’ll get blowtop mad when someone throws inside on him and go all Juan Marichal on them. Scissors, a baseball bat – all weapons in Macy’s hands.

    Gil seems to have had his share of hot hotheads on the diamond – Van Auken, Bader, others I don’t or can’t be bothered to remember, and now Macy – but somehow that never translates to an out-and-out brawl. Either Gil (or, more likely, his hired mook Kaz) has a handle on that or else Rubin’s afraid Whigham won’t be able to draw one properly.

    Comment by teenchy — April 6, 2020 @ 7:32 am

  2. Seems like “‘Watha ” has solidly been in the background for at least the last 7 or 8 years too; maybe it’s time to make him less boring, even though he has a stupid haircut like Teddy Demarco

    Comment by franku2016 — April 6, 2020 @ 7:37 am

  3. “We applied to the Valley Conference Commission for an extra year for Bader under the Valley Conference Fifth Year Guidelines. We feel the TWIMers need a pain in the ass for another go-around.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 6, 2020 @ 7:51 am

  4. Yep, Hiawatha is the Tracy Abrams of Tank Town. Abrams was an Illini basketball ball player for 6 years due to injury. He also committed to Illini buckets as a freshman in high school. So darn near 10 years he seemed like an Illini. OSKEEWOWWOW my friend!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 6, 2020 @ 8:30 am

  5. There’s always one guy (and ALWAYS a guy) every few years who plays pretty much all the sports for 3-4 school years and NEVER gets to play a prominent part in a story arc. Miles Paris, Steve Rosen, Charles Bloom, Grant Sanders, Alex Bernal, Derek Tolan, Hamani Gaines… Sometimes they play important positions on the team – Paris, Rosen, and Bloom were all starting quarterbacks! Paris appeared in 8 different seasons! That’s as many as Trey Davis, Molly Kinsella, and Ric Devore, and Davis and Kinsella padded their appearances after they graduated.

    Never would have guessed that someone named Hiawatha James would join the “that guy” club.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 6, 2020 @ 8:45 am

  6. May I add Bill Hawkins to the list of faceless mentions? We’d need a ruling from billy to see how long the center fielder and right fielder have been at Mfnrd, but it feels as if they date back to Obama’s first term. At least we finally know something about Knappe– he plays the easiest outfield position. But I have faith– one of these years we’re going to find something much more interesting. Maybe a third baseman who can’t throw, or a left handed catcher.

    Comment by vaganova — April 6, 2020 @ 8:53 am

  7. Just sitting over here with the ‘I’ve seen clouds from both sides now’ line – and only that line – going through my head since I read today’s post this morning. Definitely not plotting to wreak a horrible revenge after going insane from the repetition.

    Comment by timbuys — April 6, 2020 @ 10:01 am

  8. I was going to post “Both sides now” but
    1) YouTube loaded 2 commercials with it
    2) It doesn’t live up to my memory of it. Lot of tinny piano & Judy holding back. Wouldn’t inflict that on anyone.

    The past few years have focused on pitchers, infielders, and softball. Outfield has mostly been a thin strip between the infield & a very short fence. Maybe somebody will dig a hole or plant a telephone pole out there?

    Comment by Downpuppy, still (@Downpuppy) — April 6, 2020 @ 10:52 am

  9. @vaganova

    Chance Macy is only appearing in his second season, first appearing in the 2019 football season. Tiki Jansen first appeared in the 2018 football season. Sam Finn is the longest-tenured student at Milford now, he first appeared in the 2017 football season but has only appeared in 4 total seasons (3 football and this last basketball season). Hiawatha James first appeared in the 2018 baseball season, but with appearances in 5 seasons (would have had 6 had there been much depiction of the baseball season last year), he leads all current students.

    Bill Hawkins was tracking to be a classic “that guy” until the last semester of his senior year in 2009, when he played a role in the Shep Trumbo/Robb LaRue YouTube prank story that led to his girlfriend Molly Kinsella’s Diet Coke carton bikini photo getting circulated via flip phone.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 6, 2020 @ 12:48 pm

  10. I knew billy would come through and am glad he has. I guess it only seems those two guys have been at Mfnrd HS since shortly after the flood.

    Comment by vaganova — April 6, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

  11. I don’t have any red neck friends but if I did I’m sure they’d tell me Gil looks hornier than a two peckered goat the way he’s in a hurry to get that douche bag Members Only wannabe jacket on. Run on sentence much? As a matter of fact, I do.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 6, 2020 @ 3:58 pm

  12. Comment by timbuys — April 6, 2020 @ 8:59 pm

  13. Heh. Last night LP demonstrated the quality difference between YouTube and the Spotify she streams for 12 hours a day. Really amazing, that even my lousy ears heard it clearly. And yes, Joni’s version >>>Judy’s.

    Comment by Downpuppy, still (@Downpuppy) — April 7, 2020 @ 6:53 am

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