This Week in Milford

May 27, 2020

A Sort of Homecoming


In case you didn’t pick up on the long hair in the dugout yesterday (or thought it was a Kevin Pelwecki tribute), the Milford @ Goshen game is in softball, not baseball. It was one of the Lady Mudlarks who called out Mike from the stands. Unnamed – and not particularly visually distinctive under the earflaps – it must be Phoebe, the only Milford girl who showed an inkling of interest in The Mayor and who, as the recipient of The Mayor’s attention, was an unwitting spectator to the spiral of events that led to his expulsion.

Nevertheless, she’s surprised and happy to see him, so she spontaneously gives him a hug. Remember spontaneously giving people hugs? Yeah, me too. Is that a butter knife in Mike’s pocket or is he just glad to see Phoebe? Leave it to Mimi to rain on this little parade. Wonder how much she knows about the situation, especially how much she knows about how little Gil did in Mike’s defense.

What other reason does Mike have to hang out and watch his old schoolmates play ball? That world is behind him; even his ex-coach called him an idiot for even thinking about trying to recapture it.  So unless the ex-Mayor is plotting some kind of revenge he really shouldn’t be torturing himself with reminders of his past. That includes Phoebe; after all, didn’t we just see an equally cute blonde on the Valley Modified campus a couple of days ago? Now, where are the brake lines on the Lady Mudlarks’ activity bus?


  1. If Mimi was any more phony she’d be Gil. Talk about 2 turds in a toilet. Flush ‘em.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 27, 2020 @ 10:50 am

  2. So dude just walks up to the dugout and starts chatting to the team mid-game? FFS he’s on the field of play! Dude, if you’re trying to bust your nuts in this girl, there’s better, more direct ways…

    Even if it’s pre-game, WHY is Coach Gilbertina not threatening to cram a softball bat up his rectum with no lube, knob-first?

    Comment by hitorque — May 27, 2020 @ 12:50 pm

  3. I don’t know franku. Baseball and softball games pretty laid back atmosphere with kids playing grab ass pretty close to dugouts and field. Dogs loosely on leashes. Kids retrieving foul balls and Willy nilly throwing them back on the field. Students in press box playing crappy music between innings. I don’t see Mimi getting too tough with a hardened criminal like WB. I assume you can’t have any weapons on school property. Look at grandma putting Cheese Wiz on little Abner’s Ritz Cracker! Where’s Donkey Dick Don to bust her chops? Or why doesn’t he frisk every friggin dad like creature in the stands or milling about? You know there’s some pocket knives on some of their persons.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

  4. Oops sorry! It was hitorque comment I was referring to.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 27, 2020 @ 2:02 pm

  5. Good point, JT, but I didn’t comment today until now, but, yes, HS games seem more laid back. My daughter’s 20-something female HS coach probably wouldn’t have said shit to other kids comin’ down to bullshit with the girls during any part of the game, but the 50-something, usually male, coaches at the better softball schools like Sandburg, Lincoln-Way East, Beecher, and Lockport would not have put up with it. They didn’t worry about the other stuff you mentioned, but if you tried talkin to a player during a game, other than words of encouragement, you would have been warned by one of those coaches to get lost. Those teams all kicked HF’s ass on a regular basis too and usually sent a lot of girls on to D-1 programs; of course, Mimi and Gil could GAF about anything like that, so laid back, it is

    Comment by franku2016 — May 27, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

  6. Ooops! I fucked up and am sorry too. I just saw your 2nd comment.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 27, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

  7. Ha ha! No problem. You and I have been first or second commentators lately so that’s why I assumed it was you.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 27, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

  8. franku’s experience is similar to mine coaching soccer. Anonymously shouted encouragement is always welcome, but making personal contact with a player is a distraction and a complete no-no. So is anything else which takes the player “out of the moment.” Focus and commitment are two of the main lessons of school sports, and anything which detracts from those values is… unwelcome.

    Comment by vaganova — May 27, 2020 @ 5:16 pm

  9. I have to agree with the crowd that says that it’s really frowned on for fans to interact with players during the game, especially through the fences. As baseball says, what’s in the stands belongs to the fans, what’s on the field belongs to the players. If a fielder goes for a fly ball headin’ towards the bleachers, I admire his heroism but if a fan tries to go for the ball while the player lands in the seats doing the same, the player is on his own. Any interaction between player and fan while the game is going is just asking for problems.
    That’s why I too demanded a player’s entire focus once the game started. Once the game is over, time to go home with the family, I understood. But I didn’t allow conversations with friends and family outside of emergencies. And if you were tactful explaining this in your ground rules at the beginning of the year, good families understood. Players who had family members who played high school or college sports(i.e., dad, mom, brother, etc.) DEFINITELY undertood the need for focus.
    I actually had a dad bring his son out of the dugout and work with him on his pitching mechanics behind the backstop because dad saw a flaw. I put a stop to that. Dad, I appreciate your trying to help but you practice these things at home, not at the game. Coach Stuard taught me best: It is too late to instruct at the game.
    Or fraternize for that matter as in P1. But when did Thorpiverse ever follow protocol?

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 27, 2020 @ 5:56 pm

  10. @franku2016 — Interesting… Where I’m from you could get away with it in rec league, little league and maybe JV, but Varsity? No chance in hell…

    And I don’t know if you can even do it now because safety mandates and legal liability from foul balls means umpires stop play any time somebody not connected to the game steps on the field… Even if he’s way over in foul territory… The really dumb part is a baseball player like Knappe should damn well know this already. He clearly just doesn’t give a shit.

    Comment by Hitorque — May 28, 2020 @ 5:13 am

  11. Hitorque…agree…these varsity coaches didn’t care about kids chasing foul balls away from the field, but would definitely have gone berserk if a kid came on to the field to visit….hell….as a coach, I didn’t even put up with that myself in youth league, mainly because I didn’t want to see someone get hit by a ball, even during warm ups. A 12 yr. old girl in the youth league lost her teeth when she got hit in the mouth by a thrown ball when another kid, not on the team, distracted her causing her to take her eyes off the kid who had already thrown the ball. Mimi is a chump….

    Comment by franku2016 — May 28, 2020 @ 7:02 am

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