Cidu Bill on Aug 30th 2013


Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, New Yorker, comics, humor | 26 responses so far

26 Responses to “Pitch”

  1. captainswift Aug 30th 2013 at 12:11 am 1

    That is one egregiously large baseball diamond.

  2. Arthur Aug 30th 2013 at 12:18 am 2

    The word in the caption is “pitch”. I’m not sure why
    Bill labeled this “pinch”.

    My take on it is that a single pitch is the beginning
    of a baseball career (which involves a lot of travel).

  3. Arthur Aug 30th 2013 at 12:20 am 3

    Re pitch vs. pinch. Either Bill changed it quickly, or
    I’m more tired than I thought.

  4. billman Aug 30th 2013 at 01:28 am 4

    Well, the ‘B’ on the cap suggests the Red Sox. Of Boston. Whose fans were eternally pessimistic, until their championship success, which seems to have disappeared recently. This may represent a return to the previous Sox fan mentality of eternally out of reach glory. Or a cartoonist who never got the memo, always plausible.

  5. mitch4 Aug 30th 2013 at 01:38 am 5

    Is the “B” his city or team name?

    The Bombay Gurus? [Tho now Mumbai.]

    The Babies?

  6. Fluffy Bunny Slippers Aug 30th 2013 at 01:39 am 6

    If that was a Yankees hat, i’d have thought that this would be advice from the great Yogi.

    Just how much do baseball players travel throughout the baseball season?

  7. mitch4 Aug 30th 2013 at 01:51 am 7

    Maybe the [Under the] Banyans,

  8. Kilby Aug 30th 2013 at 02:10 am 8

    @ mitch4 (4 & 6) - Bill’s subhead still reads “baked beantown”, so I think we all know what he thinks the “B” stands for.

  9. DemetriosX Aug 30th 2013 at 04:38 am 9

    Came to say exactly what Fluffy Bunny Slippers said @5. The cartoonist completely missed an opportunity to lift this cartoon even a little bit beyond meh. Especially since this is in the New Yorker. OTOH, would a Yogi Berra reference qualify for a geezer alert?

    @7 Kilby, I’m not sure it’s Boston. The B is all wrong. Admittedly, that could be the limitations of the artist.

  10. Kilby Aug 30th 2013 at 06:38 am 10

    If it really were Boston, then someone would be driving a car diagonally across the plaza.

  11. Jeff S. Aug 30th 2013 at 06:54 am 11

    I saw this just after Bill put it up (and had no responses), but like Arthur, I thought it said “pinch” too… but in the punchline –

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single pinch

    I guess a pinch on my butt is one way to get me started on such a long trip. Ok, it was late and I worked both jobs yesterday, so I was really tired.

  12. James Pollock Aug 30th 2013 at 07:41 am 12

    The road to the World Series is a long one.

  13. BBBB Aug 30th 2013 at 08:33 am 13

    He’s a bleeping Red Sox fan. It might make more sense with a Cubs’ hat–they haven’t won a World Series in more than a century–but Cubbies’ fans aren’t nearly as obnoxious as Red Sox fans. (Guess who I root for.)

    How old is this cartoon? Was it published before 2004 when the Sox finally won a series? If it was published before, this is a lament. If it was published afterwards, it’s probably meant to be a sage observation on the process.

  14. billytheskink Aug 30th 2013 at 09:05 am 14

    Could be a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, though their trip out west was further than 1,000 miles… and probably didn’t start with a single pitch.

  15. Mark d Aug 30th 2013 at 09:18 am 15

    Wisdom of a “Boston” brahmin. Baseball is the overriding metaphor. You gotta start somewhere.

  16. Wayne Aug 30th 2013 at 09:51 am 16

    Yogi Berra

  17. Jerry Aug 30th 2013 at 12:46 pm 17

    I think it’s Yogi - the mixed metaphor kinda is in his style, and the B on the hat might be for Berra..

  18. Pinny Aug 30th 2013 at 01:20 pm 18

    I initially thought that it was meant to be Casey “The Old Perfessor” Stengel. After searching the web, I am convinced that it is him.

    Firstly, it looks like him. (It does not look anything like Yogi Berra.)

    Secondly, he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves. As a matter fact, the first 2 pictures of him on his his Wikipedia page show him wearing a cap and uniform with large “B” on them. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves.

    He was known for his advice and has been quoted a lot:

    Here are a few:
    “Never make predictions, especially about the future.”
    “The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.”
    “Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.”

  19. Pinny Aug 30th 2013 at 01:21 pm 19

    [Please ignore my editing errors — a repeated phrase — in my last post.]

  20. Pinny Aug 30th 2013 at 01:26 pm 20

    I love the penultimate sentence below, from Casey Stengel’s wiki page. Genius!
    Stengel’s first managerial position came in 1925, as player-manager of the Worcester Panthers of the Eastern League. He also served as team president. For the 1926 season, the Panthers were slated to move to Providence, Rhode Island. However, McGraw, with whom Stengel had remained close over the years, wanted Stengel to take over as manager of their top affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association. He was still under contract to Boston, however. [b]To solve this problem, Stengel fired himself as manager, released himself as a player and resigned as president.[/b] Braves owner Emil Fuchs briefly protested, but relented and let Stengel move to Toledo.

  21. DemetriosX Aug 30th 2013 at 01:59 pm 21

    I thought about Stengel. The B does look more like a Brooklyn Dodgers B. If it’s supposed to be him, then this is a serious geezer alert.

  22. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Aug 30th 2013 at 02:07 pm 22

    So a few random thoughts:

    *A single pitch could be ball four, thus a walk and you walk to begin a journey.

    *Being a New Yorker cartoon, I took the “B” to mean “Brooklyn”. Too many New Yorkers cling to the “glory” that was the old Dodgers. Of course this conflicts with the idea that the speaker is either Casey Stengal or Yogi Berra, as both are more commonly associated with the Yankees or even the Mets.

    *I am really thinking too much about a cartoon that was clearly a swing and a miss.

  23. Lola Aug 30th 2013 at 05:58 pm 23

    Or take the metaphor another step (har, har, har) and it’s a “sales” pitch.

  24. jp Aug 30th 2013 at 07:50 pm 24

    @Pinny — I can’t imagine why anyone would want to move TO my home town of Toledo. However…

    I can attest that Toledo is a great place to be FROM.


  25. Lola Aug 30th 2013 at 09:04 pm 25

    What jp said. 41 years and counting.

  26. Mark in Boston Aug 30th 2013 at 09:44 pm 26

    No, it’s Don Zimmer. But I still don’t get it.

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