Bart becomes a hometown hero when he makes the game-winning catch at his Little League game, sending the Springfield Isotots to the championship for the very first time. Meanwhile, Homer runs into some luck, when a customer misunderstands Homer's excuses for a sales pitch after falling asleep in a department store's display bed. The impressed store owner hires Homer as a salesman. Written by
Did You Know?
When Homer reaches out into the playing field to rob Bart of a pop-up catch, it refers to the infamous Steve Bartman incident at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, that occurred on October 14, 2003. In the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, with the Chicago Cubs ahead 3-0 and holding a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series, Moisés Alou attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Florida Marlins 2B Luis Castillo. Cubs fan Steve Bartman reached for the ball, deflected it, and disrupted a potential catch by the Cubs outfielder. If Alou had caught the ball, it would have been the second out in the inning and the Cubs would have been just four outs away from winning their first NL pennant since 1945. Instead, the Cubs ended up surrendering eight runs in the inning and lost the game, 8-3. The next day, the Cubs were eliminated from the MLB playoffs, and Chicago's playoff futility would continue for another 13 years until their World Series title in 2016, marking a total of 108 years since their previous championship win in 1908. In this scene in "The Boys of Bummer" episode, Homer is dressed in the same clothes as Bartman on for what many Cubs fans was a fateful night. See more
All this time, I thought that billboard was to attract small businesses.
[Points to a billboard reading "Springfield: Meanest City in America"
But now I know it's the truth!
This Little Light of Mine
Music by Harry Dixon Loes
Lyrics by Avis Burgeson Christiansen
Performed by Maggie Roswell
and Harry Shearer See more