We needed some time to let this one sink in.
Homer Simpson has twice been a Semi-Finalist for our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame. By the way, you can vote for the Class of 2017 here! As it turns out, Homer Simpson will be “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Now for all of the purists out there, don’t get too concerned. This is not an actual induction, but more of a celebration of 25th Anniversary of one of the most famous episodes of The Simpsons; “Homer at the Bat”. The event will take place on May 27, where in the morning a round table discussion featuring the program’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila. That round table is impressive enough, but two of Homer’s “teammates”, Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith will also be present for the discussion.
Following the discussion, Simpson will be mock inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Simpsons exhibit in Cooperstown will open.
To recap, the episode saw Springfield Power Plan owner, Montgomery Burns, stack his team with the best ringers for his company softball team. In addition to Boggs and Smith, Burns procured the services of Steve Sax, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry so that his team could defeat their rivals, the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant team.
“Home Run” Simpson was benched in favor of slugger, Darryl Strawberry, but pinch hit for Strawberry as Burns was “playing the percentages” as Simpson batted left. Simpson drove in the winning run, albeit by being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Admittedly, this is one of the favorite episodes amongst those of us at Notinhalloffame.com.
As always, the Hall of Fame news remains interesting.