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YMMV: Crankshaft
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In 2009, there was a week-long arc that appeared to show Ed in the future living in a nursing home. He is hooked up to oxygen and barely conscious throughout the whole thing, and his nurse takes him to a Mudhens baseball game. Then the strip went back to normal without comment. Finally, in late 2010, a storyline ran where Ed and a one of his old baseball buddies went to visit their former teammate "Beanball" Bushka... who lives in a nursing home, is hooked up to oxygen, and looks exactly like a 90-year-old Ed Cranshaft.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Last year, there was a mild controversy based on a strip that had Crankshaft telling his girlfriend she was too old to worry about sexual assault.
  • Fridge Logic: That a ball player as good as Crankshaft was supposed to be would only get one shot at impressing big league scouts.
  • Narm: The end of the storyline listed below, Bushka Sr is bragging - fifty years later - about how he screwed Crankshaft out his shot at the big leagues. Readers were supposed to see him as a villain, but he came across as a sad old man who's personal Crowning Moment Of Awesome was a petty act of For the Evulz.

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