This Week in Milford

May 20, 2023

In Which Gil Decides to Wrestle with the Pig

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. – George Bernard Shaw

Credit where credit is due: In Luke Martinez, Henry has created one toxic character. His never-ending obsession to one-up Gil Thorp and beat Gil’s teams in every sport he coaches has managed to suck in both his assistant coach and Gil himself. He’s also managed to piss off his elder son who, if there’s any sense of irony in this strip, will soon quit the team and/or transfer to Milford High in the fall.

Why does Gil need to call Hamm? To ask him if he’s seen the Korean Nightmare* clip? He should know the answer to that.

Coachella is looking a bit off-character today BTW, Chief. She needs to shave.

That’s all I’ve got for today. My laptop has been crashing and not recognizing its charger for weeks, and today I finally had to back it up and reinstall the OS. Took hours. Sorry not to have more pithy insights.

Oh, wait: I came across this online earlier this week. It dates from the late 1930s and might be as appropriate to share as Kaz’s out-of-left-field Cab Calloway reference a few days ago.

* Or, as he was known in his home country, “The Nightmare.”


  1. 1. Lucha Libre benched his own son for cussing him out and showing him up? That’s actually a respectable stand-up response from LL…

    2. GODDAMN IT FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS DON’T WORK THAT WAY (actually I’m not sure how they really work but I bet it’s not like this)

    3. Would it kill Barajas to give us an occasional pitching stat line? Or tell us what’s in Kwon’s arsenal that allegedly makes him so dominant? I mean for fuck’s sake everybody keeps calling him “nightmare” and I want to see the reason!

    4. TIME-OUT… Exactly what the hell is calling Gregggg Hammmm going to accomplish? Is Gilberto going to put him in uniform and sneak him on the roster for one last game against the Korean Nightmare? Besides, isn’t Gregggg a grown ass man now? Shouldn’t he be working somewhere for a living?

    5. What the hell with the Lakers?

    6. Fifteen months later my Twitter campaign to eliminate the DH rule from major league baseball isn’t making any progress but I remain undeterred

    Comment by Hitorque — May 21, 2023 @ 12:30 am

  2. “Benched” confuses me. Sending in a reliever is a perfectly normal thing. Did 3-2-1 Kwan Tak just get to the field where Pedro was supposed to start, having never even met the team? Does Milford not have lineup cards? A pitching staff? Would it break Henry’s heart to give a clue as to what’s going on in the game? Even Old Hoss Radbourn & Wilbur Wood didn’t pitch every inning.

    Comment by Downpuppy — May 21, 2023 @ 6:14 am

  3. Lucha Libre didn’t bench Pedro for cussing him out, he came out and told him he was being yanked for no good reason and then the cussing started. The grounding was the response which was not really responsible, ha.

    As far as the Lakers, this series has been very enjoyable. As has the Celtics struggles.

    Comment by MopMan — May 21, 2023 @ 7:39 am

  4. What the fuck? Call Hamm? Might as well throw a toga party too Gil:

    Comment by franku2016 — May 21, 2023 @ 8:08 am

  5. Wait… I know Pedro was pulled from the game for a reliever, and since Barajas didn’t give us ANY context WHATSOEVER we don’t know if he was cruising or if he just walked in the tying run with no outs in the last inning…

    I took “benched” to mean Pedro misses a start or two and I figured it happened off-panel? Because knowing what we know about Lucha Libre, there’s no way on God’s green Earth that such an egotist snowflake would ever allow being second-guessed and cussed out in public in front of his own players, the crowd and the opposing team without some swift repercussions….

    Comment by Hitorque — May 21, 2023 @ 9:40 am

  6. If we go by what we’ve seen in previous strips, in Mfnrd there is only one pitcher per team. He or she just takes the mound every game, and finishes what they start. Lucha came out before Pedro threw a pitch & had coach Kim Trailways insert The Nightmare. Gildo & Cami are seeing it a day later, and calling Gregggggg for, well, I have no idea.

    Comment by Downpuppy — May 21, 2023 @ 5:12 pm

  7. Keep fighting the good fight on the DH, hitorque.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 22, 2023 @ 10:15 am

  8. Teenchy, LOVED the Cab Calloway exhibit. They got people constantly trying to locate it on places like Amazon or EBay. It’s Americana that’s a buried treasure, IMO.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 22, 2023 @ 7:06 pm

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