The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 17

Homer at the Bat (20 Feb. 1992)

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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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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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The title is taken from the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Simpsons Episodes (2012) See more »

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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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