new Terrible Cartoons in a new Terrible Era

Ron Gardenhire and Paws with building materials

(all drawings by Samara Pearlstein)

What can we say? It’s a rebuilding year.

The good news is… well, the good news is that it’s already May, I guess, and the team has not dissolved into screaming incoherence yet (I mean this in the literal sense that most everyone on the team is still walking upright and speaking normal human words, so far as we can tell; whether or not their gameplay is currently the baseball equivalent of screaming incoherence is up for debate). The Tigers already played through Boston, and of the two games I was able to attend, they won one of them. So that was nice. But for the most part: rebuilding.

What else? Oh yeah. Casey Mize was our first pick in the 2018 draft, and now he is pitching in the minors and everyone is all aflutter with hearts and butterflies and so on because

Casey Mize no hitter victory seal

THE BABY TIGER CHILD THREW A NO HITTER in his first game after being promoted to double-A. I don’t have much more to say about this, since I haven’t been able to see anything from him aside from the expected highlight reel clips, but in a rebuilding season, this rates a full cartoon celebration.

I have unfortunately been working much more than I’ve been watching baseball, so I don’t have too much else on hand in the way of Terrible Cartoons at the moment (can you tell that I’ve been teaching watercolors in my night class? TCs make handy warm-ups when I’m trying to make a new explanatory teaching piece). I have been trying to resist just drawing cartoons that are horrible puns on player names and nothing else. I am ashamed to say that I finally gave in on Jeimer Candelario.

Jeimer Candelario as a candle

Bad enough, but then I was listening to a game and realized that the announcers were calling him The Candy Man. Not only did I fall into the pun hole, I wasn’t even making the correct pun! UGH.

Jeimer Candeliario as candy

This has been your Terrible Cartoons update.

4 responses to “new Terrible Cartoons in a new Terrible Era

  1. So glad to see you are back in action with the blog. It is a rebuilding year, but there are some positive signs both in the Big Leagues(Boyd and Turnbull) and in the minors. Better days are ahead!

  2. Terrible Cartoons make terrible baseball feel a little better. (Although, I have to say, the Tigs have not been as terrible this year as I feared they might be.) Plus: this happened: https://www.facebook.com/FOXSportsDetroit/photos/a.10151873718614218/10157699892239218/?type=3

  3. Love seeing our Kitties in the water colors. Enjoying our play so far this season especially since my expectations were so low. Keep going with the wonderful art Samara!

  4. I missed the terrible cartoons!

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