Homer at the Bat is one of the most iconic Simpsons episodes of all time.
In case you need a reminder it tells the tale of the Mr. Burns’ power plant softball team’s triumphant rise to victory that featured appearances from star baseball players like Ken Griffey, Jr., Don Mattingly, José Canseco, Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Darryl Strawberry, Wade Boggs and Mike Scioscia.
It also featured ‘Home Run Homer’ and his ‘Wonder Bat’ – a magical baseball bat that Homer fashioned from a lightning-struck tree branch.
Finally, Homer is getting the recognition he deserves for his impressive season. For the 25th anniversary of the classic episode, he is going to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. For real.
Homer Simpson is actually being inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame in honour of the Homer at the Bat episode of the Simpsons.
According to the Hall of Fame, Homer will be “inducted” in Cooperstown, New York, during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend on May 27th. The event will also feature a roundtable discussion with Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs, the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila.
The induction will be followed with the official ribbon-cutting of a Simpsons-themed exhibit display in the Hall of Fame Museum.
“In Cooperstown, we salute baseball’s greatest contributors, preserve its vast history and salute the cultural side of the sport. We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat,’” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992. Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries, evident in literature, theater, language, art, music, film and television.The Simpsons is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”
This is the best thing to ever happen. Hopefully this be played throughout the entire ceremony:
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