This Week in Milford

May 8, 2021

Color Me Inconsistent

Yesterday and Thursday it was Zane changing outfits from one panel to the next (not to mention Katy’s eyes changing from blue to brown). Before that, it was Mama Brito’s constantly color-changing hair. Today it’s the always-red Mudlarks in black and chartreuse. There’s a lack of institutional control in the Thorpiverse and it’s throwing everyone for a loop. Hell, even Marty’s so pissed that his notebook is bleeding out onto his shirt and he’s karate chopping his pencil. Then again, his sippy cup’s nowhere to be seen so he might just be having a case of the DTs.

The Mudlarks have apparently traveled to Austin, Texas, to face Crockett. (There are no doubt other Crockett Highs; as this one hasn’t been identified by nickname yet, I reserve the right to come back and edit this post.) After his shaky bullpen outing, Zane Clark has somehow earned a right to a start, and he almost immediately goes all Robin Roberts Max Scherzer and gives up a gopher ball. He’s not throwing strikeouts like Mad Max, unfortunately.

Gil and Kaz laugh this off Bull Durham style. Surprised Kaz didn’t make a crack about the ball having a stewardess.

They must figure if Zane digs a hole early, he can’t blow a lead.

Seriously, though. There has got to be someplace that still runs this strip in black and white, doesn’t there?


  1. 1. Why is a Crockett outfielder watching the ball fly out for Zane’s hanging curve?

    2. Take close note folks, because Gilberto and Kazuo pulling out the tape measure on opposition home runs while they smirk to each other is the closest to *coaching* we’re going to see this entire season…

    3. Apropos of nothing, the Dukes of James Madison decided to take a major piss on national TV, so 2021 could very well be the year I give up watching all sports for good…

    Comment by Hitorque — May 8, 2021 @ 8:11 pm

  2. The best explanation I heard was that we are not seeing a Milford player watching the ball sail away, it’s a shot of the diamond next to them. The ball was hit so far it cleared two diamonds.

    The other assumption on where Crockett is located is Detroit, as the previous school the girls played was a Detroit (defunct) school, and the writer seems to put all the season’s nonconference games against schools in the same state/region. This happened in basketball too,

    Comment by MopMan — May 8, 2021 @ 8:19 pm

  3. UFO in P2 !! Call Art Bell. Kaz- little girl with the curl. Somebody cut that as a prank if no other reason. Oh sure, don’t throw him a curve. Great idea. Hangers usually go into orbit. A good curve won’t go 380 ft. Location, location, location. You fools!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 8, 2021 @ 9:20 pm

  4. Yeah. Gil don’t GAF. If he did, Zane wouldn’t even be on the team

    Comment by franku2016 — May 9, 2021 @ 6:40 am

  5. Jive Turkey is right, as usual, this time about location as the key to pitching. It really doesn’t matter what pitch you make, as long as the location is right and the pitch is not what the batter expects. But I disagree about curves not typically turning into long drives. A number of great hitters, notably Robinson, have made a career out of pulverizing curveballs.

    Comment by vaganova — May 9, 2021 @ 4:08 pm

  6. […] in. We’ve had players throwing the ball to players on the opposite team and opposing players in the outfield when their own team is batting, unless the Mudlarks have been changing unifroms on the fly. Now we […]

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