Thursday, September 16, 2010


Homer at the Bat Update

in 1992, The Simpsons debuted episode 8F13 - Homer at the Bat. This episode was about Mr. Burns filling the nuclear plant's softball team with ringers from professional baseball.

And what a team it was! Some of the greatest players of the day played for Springfield in 1992. Now, 18 years later, they're all retired from baseball, Ken Griffey Jr. being the final holdout, retiring this season.

  • C - Mike Scioscia A very good player who's proven to be a better manager.

  • 1B - Don Mattingly Should be in the Hall of Fame, but he'll undoubtedly be a manager (Dodgers?) in the next few years.

  • 2B - Steve Sax A really good and useful player for the Dodgers and Yankees. Not HOF material, but a player who is fondly remembered by fans of both teams.

  • 3B - Wade Boggs HOFer and hitting machine.

  • SS - Ozzie Smith The best defensive shortstop of all time and an HOFer.

  • LF - Jose Canseco Blew the lid off the whole steroids thing. So, as good a player as he was, will probably be more remembered for a scandalous book.

  • CF - Ken Griffey, Jr. With 600 career HRs, will be in the HOF in 5 years.

  • RF - Daryl Strawberry The poster boy for getting too much too fast in life. A mere shadow of what he should have been.

  • P - Roger Clemens HOF numbers, but will probably not make the Hall because of his connection to (and lying about his connection to) steroids.

  • Well Mr. Burns had done it
    The power plant had won it
    With Roger Clemens clucking all the while
    Mile Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile
    While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the bar room tile
    We're talkin softball, from Maine to San Diego
    Talkin' softball: Mattingly and Conceco
    Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw
    Steve Sax and his run-ins with the law
    Were talkin Homer, Ozzie and the Straw



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