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
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disliked the original script, in which his character missed the game after sleeping with Edna Krabappel. The writers responded to his complains by rewriting his part to be heroic to the point of absurdity, resulting in the scene where he misses the game due to trying to save every item in a burning house. See more
When Homer is hit by the pitch, Lisa says that it counts as a hit. It doesn't count as a hit nor would it be counted as an at bat; when a player is hit by a pitch, the player is awarded 1st base. See more
[to his softball team
All right, you ragtag bunch of misfits! You hate me, and I hate you even more. But without my beloved ringers, you're all I've got. So I want you to remember some inspiring words that someone else might have told you over the course of your lives, and go out there and win!
Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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