Maggie gets to the couch successfully. In this episode, "Homer at the Bat," Homer and his co-workers join the nuclear plant's softball team and they actually do pretty well as they make it to the final. But with the pennant and a $1 million bet on the line Mr. Burns brings in 9 ringers from the professional baseball ranks and a disappointed Homer has to sit the bench. [30] The Phoenix.com praised the performances of each of the guest stars, but Darryl Strawberry, whom they put in the fifth position, was the only one to make their "Top 20 guest stars" list. Greg Collins, the author of the list, gave great praise of the episode. [28] In 2019, Consequence of Sound ranked it number six on its list of top 30 Simpsons episodes. Episode cast overview, first billed only. Mr. Burns made a bet that the plant softball team would beat Shelbyville, Homer Simpson 'Inducted' Into Baseball Hall of Fame, WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Simpsons Episodes. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 10, 2010. Unfortunately for Homer the professional player left is Darryl Strawberry, a right fielder like Homer, but in the end everything is up to Homer. "Homer at the Bat," an episode of "The Simpsons" that has been enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame and featured names like Ken Griffey Jr., Roger … Burns hires a hypnotist to boost his team's chances of winning. [25] Entertainment.ie named it among the 10 greatest Simpsons episodes of all time. Listed below are the park's address and directions to the park. D&D Beyond This FAQ is empty. [3] The episode follows the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team, led by Homer, having a winning season and making the championship game. The Simpsons is an Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy. [1][2] The end song "Talkin' Softball" is a parody of "Talkin' Baseball" by Terry Cashman. "[21] Colin Jacobson disliked the episode: "when ["Homer at the Bat"] originally aired, I didn't like it. It was difficult because the parts were recorded over a period of several months and thus it was hard to sync their voices. Lemon Of TroyOne of the great things about The Simpsons is how they can adapt their outlandish … This Citizen Kane homage gets into the backstory of Mr. Burns, recalling his beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo, that he discarded in exchange for ascension to a life of wealth — and his lifelong quest to recover the treasured object. First airing on FOX in 1992, the Season 3 episode assembled a literal All-Star lineup of future MLB Hall of Famers (and, uh, Mike Scioscia) to play alongside Homer Simpson on … The coaching staff forced him to cut his long hair, and was briefly dropped from the team line-up for not doing so. [16] Carl batting with a piano leg is a reference to Norm Cash of the Detroit Tigers, who once tried to bat with a table leg in a game where Nolan Ryan was extremely overpowering and threw a no-hitter. There is actually an IMDB listing of the “ Most Popular Killer Bee Movies and TV Shows .” [11][13] Many of the guest stars, including Terry Cashman, Wade Boggs and Darryl Strawberry all admit they are more well known because of their appearance in the episode, especially outside the United States, Cashman having "Talkin' Softball" requested more often than "Talkin' Baseball". View production, box office, & company info. Overall, a fantastic baseball-influenced episode. Directed By: Bob Anderson. During the scene in which Homer chokes on a donut, a poster explaining how the Heimlich maneuver works is on the wall behind him. [2] Chris Turner, the author of the book Planet Simpson, said the episode was the indication that "the Golden Age [of the show] had arrived". [5] "Homer at the Bat" had a 15.9 rating and 23 share to win its timeslot while The Cosby Show had a 13.2 rating and 20 share. [8] In several cases, the writers were unable to get the player who was their first choice. [5] He was originally slated to wake up in bed with Edna Krabappel and miss the game (in a parody of Bull Durham), but Canseco's then-wife, Esther Haddad, objected. Homer is distraught when Wonder Bat is destroyed by a pitch from Clemens during practice. It was first broadcast on February 20, 1992. [5] The team name on Mr. Burns' jersey, the Zephyrs, is a reference to the Twilight Zone episode "The Mighty Casey", which features a team called the Hoboken Zephyrs. [18][19] Regular cast members Harry Shearer and Julie Kavner disliked the episode because of its focus on the guest stars and its surreal tone. Toggle Scoreboard Main Navigation Menu. While I've warmed up to the show slightly over the last decade, I still think it's generally weak, and I'd definitely pick it as Season Three's worst. On October 22, 2017, Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson, an hourlong mockumentary about the episode in the style of Ken Burns' Baseball, aired on Fox to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this episode as well as Homer's induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In this episode, Lisa coaches Bart's Little League baseball team to a record winning streak by using her book smarts in statistics and probability. Workers at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant are reluctant to join the plant's softball team due to its previous unsuccessful year (just 2 wins, and 28 losses). He was directed by Mike Reiss, and his father Ken Griffey, Sr. was also present, trying to coach his son. The scene featuring the explosion of stadium lights as Homer circles the basepaths is also taken directly from the film. Many people believed the joke in the episode to be a reference to the incident, but "Homer at the Bat" was recorded a year before it happened. The episode's title is a reference to Ernest Thayer's 1888 baseball poem "Casey at the Bat". [9][8], All the players were cooperative except for José Canseco, who Al Jean considered intimidating. They succeeded, and the nine players who agreed to guest star were recorded over a period of six months,[7] whenever they were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers or California Angels. Former executive producer Sam Simon and current showrunner Al Jean named it as their favorite episode. When Homer shows his co-workers the Wonder Bat, a large bat he made from a fallen tree branch, his co-workers eagerly join the team. [5] It was written by John Swartzwelder, who is a big baseball fan,[6] but was suggested by Sam Simon, who wanted an episode filled with real Major League Baseball players. 2001, Season 12, Episode 15: “Hungry, Hungry Homer” In a plotline-made-reality, Homer protests his baseball team, the Springfield Isotopes, moving to Albuquerque. The official athletics website for the Simpson University Red Hawks. Legendary Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder, who avoids the press and was not in Cooperstown, wrote the show, and he is an obsessed baseball fan. First Aired - 2/20/1992 A Baseball Episode where Homer and his homemade bat carry the power plant's softball team into the championship game. [5] Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson, Ryne Sandberg, and Carlton Fisk were among the players who turned down the chance to guest star. The Official Website of Simpson University Athletics. In 2014, showrunner Al Jean selected it as one of five essential episodes in the show's history.[4]. On Ice! Let me run down a list of reasons why this episode features the greatest baseball game ever played and is possibly the greatest Simpsons episode ever made: The ringers in … [6] The scenes of the Power Plant team traveling from city to city by train, overlaid with the pennant of the city they are going to, is a reference to the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees. As a huge baseball fan, this was an episode I truly fell in love with and was able to understand the satirical tones. [13] When asked in 2007 about his part by the San Jose Mercury News he responded, "that was 100 years ago," hung up the phone and did not answer any of the paper's subsequent calls. Produced by Fox Sports Originals and Major League Baseball, the documentary is directed by Morgan Spurlock, who also helmed 2010’s The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special — In 3-D! [5] He disliked his original part and insisted it be rewritten, and the writers grudgingly[6] made him as heroic as possible. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder, who is a big baseball fan himself, and directed by Jim Reardon. Before the game, eight of the nine all-star players suffer unrelated mishaps that prevent them from playing: Smith disappears in the Springfield Mystery Spot, Clemens starts behaving like a chicken due to the hypnotist's incompetence, Scioscia is hospitalized due to radiation poisoning from the plant, Mattingly is kicked off the team after misinterpreting Burns' order to shave off his sideburns, Canseco is busy rescuing a woman and her possessions from a house fire, Griffey develops gigantism after overdosing on brain and nerve tonic that Burns administered to the team, Sax is arrested by the Springfield Police when they suspect him for committing every unsolved murder in New York City, and Boggs is knocked unconscious by Barney at Moe's Tavern after an argument over whether Lord Palmerston or William Pitt the Elder was the greatest British Prime Minister. This was the first time a new Simpsons episode beat a new Cosby Show episode. Moore was given the episode "Lisa the Greek" instead. Among those interviewed were every player who appeared in the episode except Strawberry. This episode contains examples of: Add the first question. I rate this episode 9/10. Homer is benched while Strawberry plays his position. 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[1][2][3], "Homer at the Bat" took a long time to produce. [6], Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, the authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, praised the episode, calling it "a great episode because the accidents that befall the pro players are so funny". Unfortunately for Homer the professional player left is Darryl Strawberry, a right fielder like Homer, but in the end everything is up to Homer. "Homer at the Bat" had a 15.9 rating and 23 share to win its timeslot while The Cosby Show had a 13.2 rating and 20 share. 11.17.2014 - Simpson Baseball Coaching Staff to Host Prospect Camp The Simpson University men's baseball team plays its home games at Tiger Field at South City Park in Redding, Calif. [5] Executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss doubted that they would be able to get nine players, thinking they would be able to get three at best. In May 1992, Chris Bencze was able to save his brother's life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver on him, having seen it in the episode,[33] and in December 2007, Aiden Bateman was able to save his friend Alex Hardy's life by recalling the same.[34]. There are extensive historical references as Bobo’s journey is traced from Mr. Burns through the hands of Adolf Hitler and an expedition to the North Pole before miraculously ending up in the arms of Maggie, Homer’… [31] The Toronto Star named Homer's conversation with Darryl Strawberry as the "greatest conversation of all time, involving the word yes". [14] Many of the player designs were difficult, because the animators had a hard time designing real world people during the early seasons.[14]. Jeff Martin wrote the new version of the song, but Cashman was brought in to sing it. [5] Each player recorded their part in roughly five minutes and spent the next hour writing autographs for the staff. A friend of Collins later met guest star Mike Scioscia and told him he thought his guest spot was the best thing Scioscia had ever done, he responded "Thanks, I think". This is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and this is one of my favorite ones. The family run to the couch and bang their heads together, knocking them unconscious. Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia all guest starred as themselves, playing the ringers hired by Mr. Burns. [15] The episode makes several allusions to the film The Natural. Plot. To make sure he will win the bet, Mr. Burns hires 9 professional baseball players (Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, and Mike Scioscia), but 8 of the players are of the team after getting involved in different accidents. Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (Season 19, Episode 9) FXX. Lisa, in fear … Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Lisa takes over as manager of Bart's baseball team and uses statistical analysis to build a winner, but she takes all of the fun out of it and causes Bart to quit the team. Mr. Burns makes a large bet that the team will win and brings in nine ringers from the "big leagues" to ensure his success. With the score tied and bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Burns fields a right-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher and pinch hits Homer for Strawberry. 2 of 5 people found this review helpful. Homer at the Bat Homer and his co-workers join the power plant's softball team and qualify for the final. He said this is the "king of all sports episodes, and perhaps the greatest Simpsons episode ever". Title: To make sure he will win the bet, Mr. Burns hires 9 professional baseball players (Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, and Mike Scioscia), but 8 of the players are of the team after getting involved in different accidents. To secure victory, Burns attempts to hire major-league stars Cap Anson, Pie Traynor, Jim Creighton, Gabby Street, Nap Lajoie, Harry Hooper, Honus Wagner, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown. "Homer at the Bat" is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons' third season. [32], The episode has been credited with helping to save at least two lives. Homer and his co-workers qualify for the plant softball team's league final, but Mr. Burns hires nine professional MLB players in order to win a $1 million bet. The next day, Marge is shopping at a department store, but Homer is tired and cannot find a place to sit - so he lies down on a mattress and falls asleep. [24] The entire episode was placed first on ESPN.com's list of the "Top 100 Simpsons sport moments", released in 2004. The team wins the title and Homer, still unconscious, is paraded as a hero. Homer Simpson Will Be 'Inducted' Into Baseball Hall of Fame The 'induction' is part of the Hall of Fame's celebration of the iconic 'Homer at the Bat' episode of 'The Simpsons.' Emil Petersen. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. The episode is often named among the show's best, and was the first to beat The Cosby Show in the ratings on its original airing. Terry Cashman sang a song over the end credits. Burns). [7] Rich Moore was originally intended to direct the episode, but as he did not know anything about baseball he was switched with Jim Reardon, who was a baseball fan. Lisa on Ice (Season 6)With Lisa failing gym class, her teacher agrees to pass her if she joins a … When Mr. Burns gets the wind of that, he decides to manage the team and finds quality MLB players to lead his team.Overall, a fantastic baseball-influenced episode. The Simpsons are at a Little League Baseball game and Bart catches a fly ball, pushing the Springfield Isotots into the championships. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 20, 1992. Written By: Mike Scully. The Simpsons Season 3 Episode 17: "Homer at the Bat" Quotes. [10][11][12] He disliked his caricature, saying "the animation looked nothing like [him]"[10] but said he found the acting was very easy. [7] They were particularly annoyed by the Mattingly sideburns joke. [13] Don Mattingly, who was forced to shave off his "sideburns" by Mr. Burns during the episode, would later have an actual "haircut controversy", while he was playing for the New York Yankees. The most famous baseball episode Homer at the Bat details C. Montgomery Burns's attempt to stack his company softball team with Major League Baseball stars in order to win a bet with a competing nuclear plant owner. Distracted by Burns' exaggerated gesturing, Homer is hit in the head by the first pitch, knocking him out and forcing in the winning run. I loved the cultural reference to the Natural as this episode essentially turned Homer into Roy Hobbs.....or does it? Stream full episodes online & watch live Sundays at 8/7c! The theme of the episode was that the Springfield Nuclear Plant softball team was one win away from the championship, and after making a million dollar bet on the game, the bajillionaire Monty Burns decided to load his team with ringers. Was this review helpful to you? Fandom Apps Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Bart and Lisa when jeering Darryl Strawberry over forcing Homer to stay on the bench proceeded to repeatedly yell his name, alluding to an infamous taunt from the 1986 World Series. But of course, Homer has a huge role in this story.In this episode, "Homer at the Bat," Homer and his co-workers join the nuclear plant's softball team and they actually do pretty well as they make it to the final. Men's Baseball. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. When Mr. Burns hears his plant is playing the final against Shelbyville's power plant team, he makes a $1 million bet with the owner of the Shelbyville nuclear power plant, Aristotle Amadopoulos. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? When Mr. Burns hears his plant is playing the final against Shelbyville's power plant team, he makes a $1 million bet with the owner of the Shelbyville nuclear power plant, Aristotle Amadopoulos. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. [7] Roger Clemens, who made his own chicken noises, was directed by Jeff Martin, as was Wade Boggs. When Strawberry is the only pro able to play, Burns is forced to use his team of regular employees. "MoneyBart" is the third episode of The Simpsons' twenty-second season. “Homer at the Bat” stands as one as the most memorable Simpsons episodes of all-time; there have been countless tribute pieces, critical reevaluations, and essays about it. [17] Former executive producer Sam Simon and current showrunner Al Jean named it as their favorite episode. IMDb users revisited lots of old TV favorites this year — from "Friends" to "The Office," these were the most binged shows of 2020. However, Mr. Burns hires a team of Major League Baseball players to guarantee a victory and win a million dollar bet. [20] Nate Meyers rated the episode a ​4.mw-parser-output .sr-only{border:0;clip:rect(0,0,0,0);height:1px;margin:-1px;overflow:hidden;padding:0;position:absolute;width:1px;white-space:nowrap} 1⁄2 (of 5), stating "the script makes great use of the baseball superstars, giving each of them a strong personality and plenty of pep (the highlight has to be Mattingly's clash with Mr. Use the HTML below. Written by Plus, I loved the guest stars voiced by actual baseball players like Ken Griffey Jr, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, and Jose Canseco. Directed by Nancy Kruse, Mike B. Anderson. (20 Feb 1992). The Baseball Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the "Homer at the Bat" episode of "The Simpsons" on the 25th anniversary of its airing. The Simpsons episode was not the first and will certainly not be the last show to portray killer bees. When Don Mattingly is forced off the team for "neglecting" to shave off his "sideburns" by Mr. Burns, Mattingly privately states that he still preferred Burns to George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees at the time. [6] Mike Reiss directed most of the other players. [26] Eric Reinagel, Brian Moritz and John Hill of Press & Sun-Bulletin named the episode the fourth best in the show's history,[27] In 2019, Time ranked the episode fifth in its list of 10 best Simpsons episodes picked by Simpsons experts. Skip To Main Content. . Summary: The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's softball team goes on a season long winning streak thanks to Homer's "Wunderbat." When Mr. Burns gets the wind of that, he decides to manage the team and finds quality MLB players to lead his team. During the previous season, Fox had put The Simpsons in a timeslot that meant it was in direct competition with The Cosby Show, which won the timeslot every time. He hires nine Major League Baseball players — Steve Sax, Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry, Ken Griffey Jr., José Canseco and Mike Scioscia — and gives them token jobs at the plant so they can play on the team, to the dismay of the plant's team. Homer's secret weapon, his self-created "Wonderbat", is akin to Roy Hobbs's "Wonderboy", and both bats are eventually destroyed. On this slightly spoiler-filled IMDbrief, let's determine which brain-busting fan theories were able to crack the code on Tenet. [10], Ken Griffey, Jr. did not understand his line "there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited" and got quite frustrated when he was recording it. They enjoy an undefeated season and earn a spot in the championship game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant. Regular cast members Harry S… "Lisa on Ice" Air Date: Nov. 13, 1994. Coaching Staff Roster Schedules & Results Statistics & Media Baseball News. [29], IGN.com ranked the baseballers' performances as the seventeenth best guest appearance in the show's history, calling "each of these appearances was hilarious, making this a classic episode". However, when Bart questions Lisa’s coaching tactics and accuses her of taking the fun out of baseball, Lisa benches him … This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 19:49. Parody of Terry Cashman's song "Talkin' Baseball," but the best part is this song is sung by Terry Cashman himself! [13], One of the hardest pieces of editing was the hypnotist segment, which featured several of the guest stars speaking in unison. Mr. Burns makes a million-dollar bet with Aristotle Amadopolis, owner of the Shelbyville plant, that his team will win. Lenny: Hit one here Charlie! Homer and his co-workers join the power plant's softball team and qualify for the final. During the previous season, Fox had put The Simpsons in a timeslot that meant it was in direct competition with The Cosby Show, which won the timeslot every time. In May, Homer Simpson was “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York Saturday during a ceremony that celebrated the … No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. [3] The guest stars were recorded over several months, with differing degrees of cooperation. "[23] It was placed third on AskMen.com's "Top 10: Simpsons Episodes" list, Rich Weir called it "one of the show's more memorable moments" and "effective as it combines a slew of guest stars with some hilarious material for Homer". 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