Baseball Roundup: Homer Simpson To Be Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame
May 25 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Yes, this is real -- eat your heart out, Barry Bonds. But actually it's the 1992 episode of The Simpsons, Homer at the Bat, that's being honored by the BBHOF on Saturday, this being the 25th anniversary of the broadcast. MLB.com:
The Hall will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the episode on May 27 during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. Festivities will include appearances by Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith -- both of whom guest-starred in the episode -- at a discussion featuring members of The Simpsons team who put the episode together
"Now batting for Darryl Strawberry, Homer Simpson."
You can't call yourself an American without knowing the plot to this episode. Mr. Burns recruits nine Major League players as ringers to play for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team (can you name all nine?). But it's Homer who ends up winning the game.
Fun Fact: the only MLB player who didn't completely play ball with the project was Jose Canseco, who demanded that his character be rewritten to be more heroic. In the original script, he misses the game, waking up in bed with Edna Crabapple.