May 21, 2015
“Hold up, Kaz. We haven’t been coaching all season so why start now?”
“What do you call what you were doing on the mound a couple of days ago?”
“A momentary lapse of reason.”
Gil and Kaz hold their ground while Max “Lefty” Ortiz (probably plays the field without a glove; holy cow, what a paw!) gives True a dressing down. Still waiting for True’s rebuttal to the effect of “If it wasn’t for me your skinny ass would have stayed on jayvee all season.” Some pep talk, Max – Milford didn’t score any more runs in the game. Can you pin all that on True too?
Speaking of skinny, is that supposed to be Max asking true to The Bucket in P3? We’re supposed to believe he’s put on 100 pounds or so since the fall?
If all of this leads to True dropping baseball – and this story arc dropping baseball – I’m all for it. Former pushy busybody sports dad Art Standish has been conspicuously absent from this strip for a long time: you’d have thought he’d be raising hell at his son for jeopardizing his meal ticket. We’re also overdue for Boo Radley getting the hubris smacked out of her in some fashion.
May 19, 2015
Panel one: Which pose is the most awkward?
Panel two: And ye shall know him by his dimples.
Panel three: When do you suppose True finds the time to practice juggling novelty baseballs?
May 14, 2015
“… he’s a quick study. Good thing, too. I was afraid I was gonna have to coach for more than two panels.”
The devil is in the details today:
– Who knew Kaz had such delicate little feet?
– Three strikes do not make a walk. ;)
– Milford baseball jerseys have the same squared-off neckline that Milford football jerseys do. Anyone know what brand does that? I don’t think it’s Nike – they’ve got that underwire thing going.
– On the other hand Mudlark catching gear doesn’t look quite so modern. I can’t tell if that’s a hockey goalie-style mask propped up on Mike Granger’s head but looks like he’s wearing his soft cap under it, which for catchers I think went away with wool flannel uniforms.
– Beyond Central’s outfield fence lies a forest of car air fresheners.
Next up: Will True also be a quick study of Boo Radley? He probably has Cliffs Notes.
May 9, 2015
And read too!
I could spend hours weaving this tale of teenage flirtation to its logical conclusion but I don’t have time for it today – gotta hit the road by sunup. Let’s just say it involves Boo, True, several kids, a
trailer park basement apartment, and a whole lot of regret. The girl in P1 is getting douche chills just thinking of it.
Subplot: Is True a secret Canadian? Talk amongst yourselves.
Inspiration for today’s post title:
May 5, 2015
Panel one: Today’s strip conclusively shows us that we haven’t seen the backside of Amy Lange yet. Oh wait….
Panel two: I don’t have a joke here, but I think the superpositioned elbow from panel one is a nice touch.
Panel three: What the heck is that Lady Mudlark doing? Churning butter? World’s worst seppuku attempt? Don’t get me started on what must be the dozenth different Milford High School font. My theory is that Gil got audited one time and he had to do some quick explaining about all of the charges to the Miscellaneous Promotions account. Presto! Twenty different fonts and, unlike those bean counters from the Audit Committee, we all know that kind of stuff costs a lot of money!
May 2, 2015
Okay so the line on True Standish (making a few assumptions but still leaving some blanks): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, ? P, ? S, ?/1 GO/FO. (UPDATED. Thanks to Moon Mullins for the catch.)
Gil walked out to the mound to talk to True in his very own dry ice fog. On the road no less. Wonder if he got Ballard’s PA to play “Also sprach Zarathustra” as he walked out to the mound? Winning has its privileges.
Noteworthy that True has made the number 11 his brand at Milford after Gil wouldn’t make Jarrod Hale give it up for him in football. The angle at which he’s holding his gigantic freak paw makes it look as though he’s shaking it, or it could be one of those “Why are you coming out here?” gestures.
Mike Granger records the F2 to close out the game. Wonder if the Mudlarks are gonna stay in town for the weekend, maybe catch the Derby? I’m sure Gil and Kaz have a few Thermoses full of mint juleps at the ready.
April 29, 2015
Philosophically speaking, I like to think of myself as fairly flexible when it comes to parsing other’s worldviews. That said, I am very intrigued by this idea that you can somehow assuage nervous anxiety by simply purging oneself of ‘expectations’. Perhaps you can. I seriously doubt, however, that this philosophy would get you anywhere in any athletic endeavor beyond children’s soccer.
Then again, I’m not a smart kid nor a quick study. What’s more, it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing any inning at the Ballard anytime soon. So it goes.
April 28, 2015
Wearing her star spangled tunic and funky sunglasses, rolling down the road in her extra wide Jeep Compass, Boo muses contentedly about how, really – when you think about it – the dissolution of a marriage, the disruption of a family, the final recognition that feelings of love and plans for the future have vanished never to return, is a pretty great opportunity to manipulate emotionally damaged people into giving you stuff in a sad attempt to cling to something or someone. Lessons learned, indeed.
Also, True is an idiot. Per vaganova’s suggestion in comments yesterday, we simply must fix these two up.