It was later widely reported that the main reason why Wade Boggs agreed to appear in this episode was because he had a mistress who lived in Anaheim, California. Boggs took advantage of having a free trip to California and took two days off from spring training.
Cliff offers to begin his poetry reading with "The Ballad of Dead Ladies" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. As with so many other facts cited by Cliff, this one is incorrect. "The Ballad of Dead Ladies" was written by 15th-Century French poet Francois Villon; it became well known in the Anglophone world after it was translated by Rossetti's younger contemporary Algernon Charles Swinburne.