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Homer at the Bat 

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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.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Charlie / Police Radio / Aristotle Amandopoulis / Graceland Tour Guide / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Springfield Mystery Spot Owner (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Umpire / Eddie / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Hypnotist / Dr. Hibbert / Announcer (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Nurse / Distressed Woman (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Wade Boggs ... Wade Boggs (voice)
Jose Canseco ... Jose Canseco (voice)
Roger Clemens ... Roger Clemens (voice)
Ken Griffey Jr. Ken Griffey Jr. ... Ken Griffey Jr. (voice)
Don Mattingly Don Mattingly ... Don Mattingly (voice)
Steve Sax ... Steve Sax (voice)
Mike Scioscia Mike Scioscia ... Mike Scioscia (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ken Griffey Jr. didn't understand his line "there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited" and got quite frustrated when he was recording it. He was directed by Mike Reiss, and his father Ken Griffey Sr. was also present, trying to coach his son. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. Burns: What about Clemens?
Smithers: Sir, he's in no condition to play.
[Clemens flaps his arms and clucks like a chicken]
Mr. Burns: That damned hypnotist!
[to hypnotist]
Mr. Burns: You! Look what you've done. My starting pitcher thinks he's a chicken.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Babe Ruth Story (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Talkin' Baseball
(uncredited)
Written by Terry Cashman
Performed by Terry Cashman
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The Pride of the Simpsons
13 December 2014 | by mmallon4See all my reviews

After recently re-watching the first nine seasons or what fans now refer to as the golden age I have come to the decision that Homer at the Bat is my favourite episode of The Simpsons.

I should point out that I'm not a sports fan (far from it as a matter of fact) and due to cultural reasons I do not know who any of these baseball stars are as the sport is not popular in the UK. However, this made me realise just what made the guest appearances during The Simpsons glory days so great. Even if you're not familiar with a celebrity you can still enjoy their appearance on the show as they manage to give them their own unique comic, down to Earth personalities. Here there are no fewer nine guest stars and they're all equally memorable and funny. However what also astounds me is how each of these guest stars has their own story arc and all this within the confines of 22 minutes. There is even an early exposure to Barney Gumble being a secret intellectual; leave it to The Simpsons to get the viewer interested in who was England's greatest prime minister. There is so much going on in this episode yet the show's creators successfully get it all in without any of it feeling forced. There's enough material here to make several episodes.

Homer at the Bat is one of the more surreal episodes of The Simpsons' glory days and they even manage to summarise this during the end credits in one catchy song (a parody of Talkin' Baseball by Terry Cashman). Like many Simpsons' parodies it has become more famous than its source and like the best Simpsons' songs, a whole generation can recite it off by heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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