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Homer at the Bat 

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.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
Wade Boggs ...
Wade Boggs (voice)
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Jose Canseco (voice)
Roger Clemens ...
Roger Clemens (voice)
Ken Griffey Jr. ...
Ken Griffey Jr. (voice)
Don Mattingly ...
Don Mattingly (voice)
Steve Sax ...
Steve Sax (voice)
Mike Scioscia ...
Mike Scioscia (voice)
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Homer and his co-workers join the power plant's softball team and qualify for the final. 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. 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. Unfortunately for Homer the professional player left is Darryl Strawberry, a right fielder like Homer, but in the end everything is up to Homer. Written by Emil Petersen

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Animation | Comedy

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20 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Trivia

All of the players were cooperative except for Jose Canseco, who was intimidating. He disliked his original part and insisted it be rewritten, and the writers grudgingly made him as heroic as possible. He was originally slated to wake up in bed with Edna Krabappel and miss the game, but Canseco's then-wife, Esther Haddad, objected. He disliked his caricature, stating that "the animation looked nothing like [him]," but that he found the acting was very easy. 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 for an interview about his guest spot. See more »

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It would be physically impossible for Smithers to travel across America and track down all the baseball players over a period of 24 hours. Particularly as some of them were hunting in the woods, on vacation at Graceland, or playing the cello in a nightclub, so how would he know where they were? It would be easier for Smithers to call their managers or agents and book the players that way. See more »

Quotes

[Homer unveils the Wonder Bat to Lenny and Carl. They are less than impressed]
Lenny: Yeah, well, I've got a magic bat, too!
Carl: And I got an enchanted jock strap!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: MoneyBart (2010) See more »

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Talkin' Baseball
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Written by Terry Cashman
Performed by Terry Cashman
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The Pride of the Simpsons
13 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

After recently re-watching the first nine seasons or what fans now refer to as the golden age I have come to the decision that Homer at the Bat is my favourite episode of The Simpsons.

I should point out that I'm not a sports fan (far from it as a matter of fact) and due to cultural reasons I do not know who any of these baseball stars are as the sport is not popular in the UK. However this made me realise just what made the guest appearances during The Simpsons glory days so great. Even if you're not familiar with a celebrity you can still enjoy their appearance on the show as they manage to give them their own unique comic, down to Earth personalities. Here there are no fewer nine guest stars and they're all equally memorable and funny. However what also astounds me is how each of these guest stars has their own story arc and all this within the confines of 22 minutes. There is even an early exposure to Barney Gumble being a secret intellectual; leave it to The Simpsons to get the viewer interested in who was England's greatest prime minister. There is so much going on in this episode yet the show's creators successfully get it all in without any of it feeling forced. There's enough material here to make several episodes.

Homer at the Bat is one of the more surreal episodes of The Simpons' glory days and they even manage to summarise this during the end credits in one catchy song (a parody of Talking' Baseball by Terry Cashman). Like many Simpsons' parodies it has become more famous than its source and like the best Simpsons' songs, a whole generation can recite it off by heart.


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