History Recap / TheSimpsonsS3E17HomerAtTheBat

8th Feb '17 3:17:54 PM Erin582
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** Barney for punching out Wade Boggs ''and'' Moe just for disagreeing with him over who was the best Prime Minister of England.
** [[spoiler: The bottomless pit purveyor, who not only tricked Ozzie Smith into going in, but also [[{{Jerkass}} laughed at him for falling for it.]]]]


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight[=/=]NoodleIncident: At the beginning of the episode, as Homer chokes on doughnuts for eating them too fast, his coworkers are casual about the whole thing, as it has happened before, and Carl even suggests that they scare him (although Charlie rejected this, as that's what you do when someone has the hiccups).
5th Feb '17 2:50:04 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Mr. Burns original list of the ringers for Smithers to recruit includes early 20th century players like Honus Wagner and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Then when he tells Smithers to recruit current players, he tells him to scour the Negro Leagues in addition to the American and National Leagues.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: Mr. Burns Burns' original list of the ringers for Smithers to recruit includes early 20th century players like Honus Wagner and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Then when he tells Smithers to recruit current players, he tells him to scour the Negro Leagues in addition to the American and National Leagues.
5th Feb '17 2:49:11 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Inverted. Mr Burns getting involved is what allows Homer to win the game.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Inverted. Mr Mr. Burns getting involved is what allows Homer to win the game.
5th Feb '17 2:40:57 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* HypnoFool: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]]: Burns hires a hypnotist/motivational speaker for the team, only for his attempt to make the team give more than they had already ("110%") be defeated by the entire team, while hypnotized, point out that it's impossible for someone to give more than 100%. Then one of the SuperRinger members turns out to have reacted bad to the hypnotic therapy and ends the episode thinking he's a chicken. And when Burns gets on the hypnotist's face about that faux pas, the hypnotist hypnotizes Burns into forgiving him.

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* HypnoFool: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]]: Burns hires a hypnotist/motivational speaker for the team, only for his attempt to make the team give more than they had already ("110%") be defeated by the entire team, while hypnotized, point out that it's impossible for someone to give more than 100%. Then one of the SuperRinger members turns out to have reacted bad badly to the hypnotic therapy and ends the episode thinking he's a chicken. And when Burns gets on the hypnotist's face about that faux pas, the hypnotist hypnotizes Burns into forgiving him.
11th Jan '17 3:04:33 AM axle-k89
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* AlliterativeName: Steve Sax.


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* GroupPictureEnding: The episode ends this way, with the whole team present, including an unconscious Homer, Ozzie Smith's ghost, Steve Sax handcuffed to Lou, José Canseco covered in ash, Roger Clemens standing with his arms positioned like wings, Wade Boggs with a black eye, Ken Griffey Jr. in a wheelchair, Mike Scoiscia covered in bandages and an angry-looking Daryl Strawberry.


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* KickTheDog: Even though he's right, Strawberry did this to Homer when he told him he was better at softball than Homer was, despite having never met Homer before.
6th Nov '16 7:27:09 AM Cheapsunglasses
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do find out how (or if) Ozzie Smith escaped from the Springfield Mystery Spot.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do find out how (or if) Ozzie Smith escaped from the Springfield Mystery Spot. He's even expressed a willingness to make another guest appearance for the specific purpose of doing so.
23rd Aug '16 1:09:34 PM kquinn0830
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* GeniusBonus: Quite a few for baseball fans. For instance, Darryl Strawberry being a kiss ass is a joke based on the fact the real man had trouble listening to managers during his career and Wade Boggs hanging out in Moe's is a reference to the UrbanMyths surrounding Boggs and the amount of beer he can drink.
20th Aug '16 3:27:58 PM kquinn0830
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The episode basically tells you in the third act that they are going to destroy the ringers which they do in the most bizarre and interesting ways possible

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The episode basically tells you in the third act that they are going to destroy the ringers which they do in the most bizarre and interesting ways possiblepossible.
* GeniusBonus: Quite a few for baseball fans. For instance, Darryl Strawberry being a kiss ass is a joke based on the fact the real man had trouble listening to managers during his career and Wade Boggs hanging out in Moe's is a reference to the UrbanMyths surrounding Boggs and the amount of beer he can drink.
15th Aug '16 3:29:05 PM kquinn0830
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* BlackComedy: "Mike Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile." Said illness being radiation poisoning from working at the Springfield nuclear plant.

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* BlackComedy: "Mike Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile." Said illness being radiation poisoning from working at the Springfield nuclear plant. [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS22E3MoneyBART But he does get better]].
15th Aug '16 10:28:51 AM kquinn0830
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* CallBack: When Ken Griffey Jr. tries the nerve tonic for the first time, he claims that [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes it's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"]] Behind the scenes, Griffey hadn't seen the episode, so the line confused him.

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* CallBack: When Ken Griffey Jr. tries the nerve tonic for the first time, he claims that [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes it's "it's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"]] Behind the scenes, Griffey hadn't seen the episode, so the line confused him.


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** Mr. Burns wins his bet after nearly wrecking the team for the employees who worked hard to get the championship and inadvertently causing several MLB stars to suffer horrible calamities.
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