This Week in Milford

April 10, 2021

In Milford, Settling Is a Way of Life

Filed under: actual action, baseball, exposition comics, softball — teenchy @ 7:41 pm

Well butter my ass and call me a biscuit. Now this makes two posts in a row where I can actually relate to something in a Gil Thorp strip. Last time out it was going to the public library after school to study before practice. Today it’s knowing when to hang up the tools of ignorance.

I was once a good-field, no-hit catcher (well, not quite no-hit but a spray line-drive hitter without much power) who could handle pitchers okay and didn’t mind the occasional home plate collision. I was also slow as molasses so there really wasn’t any non-catching position other than maybe first base where I wouldn’t be a liability. Along came a kid two years behind me who could do all of that, run the bases and mash taters like it was Thanksgiving. Didn’t take me long to see that I would be relegated to bullpen work at best so I quit the team and confined my catching to church and industrial league softball from then on. At least that kid went on to make All-State so I didn’t feel that badly for leaving the team in the lurch.

Despite only having seen Corina catch twice, at the Valley Mod – Milford pickup picnic and with Ray-in-waiting True Standish over last summer, we’re being told she’s Pudge Rodriguez in a bra. This is exposition par excellence. If we hadn’t had a True Standish in this strip already, I’d go so far as to call Corina a Mary Sue. By finding a place for her in the field, Mimi hints that she hasn’t completely forgotten that Jocelynn Brown has some impact on the lineup. Thanks to Jocelynn having led the rout against Tilden year before last, Mimi and the Lady Mudlarks didn’t have to settle for second in the Valley yet again. Maybe Mimi will ask her to knit a hat for Corina.

Seems like one of you faithful readers commented yesterday to the effect that in the Thorpiverse, players don’t work on their games in the offseason. Well here comes Zane Clark to disprove that theory. He’s been working on his game for the past two offseasons, and the past two seasons for that matter. Wonder if he was playing pickup games with the Valley Mod kids? (edit: Speaking of catchers, what’s up with Boba Fett catching Zane there? No catcher puts their hand that far down to throw signs; if they did, everyone at the game could pick them up.)

If I don’t wrap up this post soon, y’all will have thoroughly commented this strip in yesterday’s comments section. This is what I get for waiting so late in the day to get a post up. Mea culpa.


  1. No worries about lateness– there’s no strip Sundays, so we have 3 days to do 2 posts. I do well to get mine up by Friday evening; but I still opine that it didnt look like a real tryout between the 2 catchers. We didnt resolve who played 3rd last year and is getting jobbed out of THEIR spot. Time will tell as usual. Has Zane faced any hitters in 2 years? They sit on his fastball and its Gopher City if thats all he’s got.

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 10, 2021 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Boy, you ain’t a-kiddin’, Robmize. He better have more in his repertoire if he doesn’t want to be pitching batting practice in Valley Conference action.

    Teenchy, love the Bugs Bunny reference. I remember when he’s going to the South because the harvest of carrots was a bumper crop and he’s eventually confronted by Yosemite Sam who’s a Confederate soldier who’s still fighting the Civil War. When Bugs finally gets there, he shouts out “Well, shut my mouth and call me corn pone, if it isn’t the little ol’ South”, or something to that effect.

    How about the latest Looney Tunes episode, “High Diving Zane”?

    “Awright, ya flea-bitten varmint!!!!!!!!!!! Show me a curve ball or you’ll be jumpin’ into that tub of water down below ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 10, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

  3. So are we going to hear from the incumbents getting their jobs taken by Brown and Clark as well? Or do they not matter?

    And you can’t tell me Vic Doucette isn’t chomping at the bit to announce baseball games after his first taste of instant fame…

    I don’t get it — If he “never stopped throwing”, then why didn’t he play? And are we talking about a glorified game of catch, like Tru Standish’s “rehab”? Or was he throwing simulated games?

    And of course there’s still the matter of Zane not getting any fielding or batting practice during his sabbatical, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 11, 2021 @ 12:11 am

  4. ‘… I never stopped throwing…”… big fuckin deal, chucklehead…. I’ve never stopped throwing either. … that doesn’t mean I can pitch live games. You guys are correct… adorable Zane is gonna be like that guy in Major League when Bob Uecker sez ‘ ball 12’. Gil is jagoff, Mimi is easily fooled, and Kaz is a meathead. I’m sure PP will join the boys team, get Zane to throw like a pro, and save Gil’s job though.

    Comment by franku2016 — April 11, 2021 @ 7:15 am

  5. Let’s be reasonable : A HS player missing a couple years will definitely hurt his development, but it ain’t exactly Michael Jordan with the Birmingham Barons..

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — April 11, 2021 @ 4:18 pm

  6. @tdrewhardin: Did not realize that was a Bugs reference, as I’ve heard that phrase often. Then again, I had to wonder why they put the South so far south (and yes, I know this is on the list of heavily edited if not banned cartoons).

    Comment by teenchy — April 11, 2021 @ 5:41 pm

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