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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Carl / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Springfield Mystery Spot Owner (voice)
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Lenny / Umpire / Eddie / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Hypnotist / Dr. Hibbert / Announcer (voice)
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Wade Boggs ...
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Jose Canseco (voice)
Roger Clemens ...
Roger Clemens (voice)
Ken Griffey Jr. ...
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Steve Sax ...
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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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Jose Canseco 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 »

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When Mr Burns shows the bottle of "Brain & Nerve Tonic", the ampersand switches between having its tail on the left and on the right. See more »

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Homer Simpson: Where do you think you're going?
Lisa Simpson: To the game.
Homer Simpson: No, no! I don't want you to see me sitting on my worthless butt!
Bart Simpson: We've seen it, Dad.
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
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Music by Albert von Tilzer
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A Baseball Satire!
16 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the seventeenth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and this is one of my favorite ones. As a huge baseball fan, this was an episode I truly fell in love with and was able to understand the satirical tones. Plus, I loved the guest stars voiced by actual baseball players like Ken Griffey Jr, Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, and Jose Canseco. 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. 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. I loved the cultural reference to the Natural as this episode essentially turned Homer into Roy Hobbs.....or does it? I rate this episode 9/10.


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