This Week in Milford

June 27, 2020

It’s Different for Girls


As robmize and you faithful TWIMers pointed out yesterday, this turned into a farce pretty quickly. Players in jeans, an umpire in a zebra shirt, one team’s pitcher coming in to pitch for the other, and now this. Since story arcs always end on Saturdays, I was hoping for the ten-run mercy rule to be invoked today. No such luck; we’re gonna get dragged through this for at least another week.

Confession time: I have owned at one time both a baseball catcher’s mitt* and a softball catcher’s mitt. They are indeed two different creatures. I probably could’ve gotten away with using my regular fielder’s glove to catch softball and, eventually, I did, sending the softball mitt on to someone playing at a more competitive level than I.  Has it been that obvious that Lotus Cortina Anna Karenina has been catching with a softball catcher’s mitt? Click that last link and look at the ball in the pocket of her mitt. It’s proportionately large in there, innit? There was nothing to lead us to believe she wasn’t catching a baseball in that “softball trapper,” a term so loaded with innuendo I ain’t even gonna try to touch it.


*Two, actually. My first was an Howard Elston Elston Howard model, my second a Bob Boone.


  1. P 4: “… you asshole!… did you just call me a clap trap?…”, and I agree… if she’s such a hot-shit catcher and been to some practices, she should know that her mitt won’t work by now, especially since she had a baseball catchers mitt the other day

    Comment by franku2016 — June 27, 2020 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Oh, for crying out loud, just choose up new sides and start over.

    Comment by Philip — June 28, 2020 @ 7:54 am

  3. Gil was supposed to buy participation trophies but he spent all the money on rotgut.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 28, 2020 @ 11:06 am

  4. “Keep it in front of you…” I don’t know if others have tried catching a baseball pitcher with a softball mitt, but you look like you’re trying to catch a football and the results are even worse. I share our colleagues impatience with what looks increasingly like the kumbaya plot to end all kumbaya plots, but there may be some saving grace none of us has noticed. Not that I’m holding my breath.

    Comment by vaganova — June 28, 2020 @ 4:09 pm

  5. I can buy the Girl Playing Catcher part. The story I gave about Ashley Totten in the Vincennes Babe Ruth Baseball program playing catcher in our Babe Ruth Tournament(and she could PLAY) proves girls do have a place if they have the talent and desire(as with anybody).
    But NO WAY am I swallowing this Flowers in our Hair Love-In Communal Baseball Experiment. Terre Haute Babe Ruth didn’t offer their catcher when Bloomington Babe Ruth’s catcher went down with an injury. Castle’s pitcher throws out his arm? They didn’t get on their hands and knees to Princeton Babe Ruth’s dugout for a reliever.
    I will never encourage cut-throat competition but if this is not competitive where people learn, win, lose, or draw, turn off the scoreboard, Thorpiverse.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — June 28, 2020 @ 5:01 pm

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