A visit by a Springfield Elementary alum-turned-Ivy-League student pushes Lisa to question her own go-getter attitude and reevaluate the scope of her extracurricular activities. Convinced that there is no such thing as having too many clubs or activities listed on her resume, Lisa jumps at the opportunity to coach Bart's little league team. Despite having little understanding of baseball, Lisa coaches the team to a record winning streak by putting her book smarts in statistics and probability into play. But when Bart questions Lisa's coaching tactics and confronts her for taking the fun out of baseball, Lisa benches him from the championship game. Hoping to lift his spirits, Marge spends the day with Bart at an amusement park where MLB manager and former catcher Mike Scioscia gives Bart sound advice and reminds him of his genuine love of the sport. Meanwhile, with one last chance to win the game, Lisa makes an unexpected call and learns that there is more to sports than winning. Written by
Did You Know?
The episode's title is based upon the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" by Michael Lewis
. The book is about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and the team's modernized, analytical, saber-metric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team. See more
Professor Frink argued that Zack Greinke is better than Cliff Lee in a certain situation: before the fourth inning, after a road loss, in a domed stadium. In reality, Greinke has a 6.00 ERA in six such games between 2008 and 2010. Cliff Lee's ERA in six such games is 0.00. See more
Baseball manager Mike Scioscia! Didn't you get radiation poisoning working at the nuclear plant?
I sure did, but it also gave me super-managerial powers. Also, I demagnetize credit cards.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer See more