Cooperstown Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’

Joe Posnanski, in his column for

“It is with great humility I enter the Hall of Fame,” Simpson said in his recorded acceptance speech. “And it’s about damn time. I’m fatter than Babe Ruth, balder than Ty Cobb and have one more finger than Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown.”

The thing about “Homer at the Bat” that endures is the obvious love for baseball that fills the episode. Yes, of course, there are classic Simpsons bits in it, such as Boggs and Barney having a violent barroom argument over the greatest British Prime Minister (Lord Palmerston! Pitt the Elder!), Jose Canseco continuously running into a burning home to save a woman’s furniture, Roger Clemens clucking like a chicken, Bart and Lisa arguing about who gets to bring Homer a beer after he crushes a game-winning homer (“Kids, kids, you can BOTH bring me a beer”).

Mattingly, get rid of those sideburns!”

“What sideburns?”

“You heard me, hippie.”

Monday, 29 May 2017