History Recap / TheSimpsonsS3E17HomerAtTheBat

5th Dec '17 9:32:38 AM Aurelian
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* RealityEnsues: Homer hits a lot of home runs with Wonderbat when playing against other local teams. However, the first pitch he faces from a major leaguer breaks his bat in half.
5th Dec '17 9:27:55 AM Aurelian
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Eight of Burns' ringers simultaneously suffer misfortunes that prevent them playing in the game the following day. Discussed and lampshaded by Burns himself.
22nd Oct '17 3:05:47 PM UncontestedSequel517
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** According to "Springfield of Dreams", he's still under investigation ''25 years later''.
22nd Oct '17 3:04:00 PM UncontestedSequel517
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* {{Mockumentary}}: In 2017, to mark the episode's 20th anniversary, receives one called "Springfield of Dreams" featuring new animation, and contributions from Bob Uecker, Bob Costas, Joe Buck, Mehmet Oz, Creator/NeileGrasseTyson, and Russell Brand. Its format parodies Ken Burns's ''Baseball''.

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* {{Mockumentary}}: In 2017, to mark the episode's 20th anniversary, receives one called "Springfield of Dreams" featuring new animation, and contributions from Bob Uecker, Bob Costas, Joe Buck, Mehmet Oz, Creator/NeileGrasseTyson, Creator/NeildeGrasseTyson, and Russell Brand. Its format parodies Ken Burns's ''Baseball''. Of the original episode's guest stars, only Strawberry is absent.
22nd Oct '17 2:46:53 PM UncontestedSequel517
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* {{Mockumentary}}: In 2017, to mark the episode's 20th anniversary, receives one called "Springfield of Dreams" featuring new animation, and contributions from Bob Uecker, Bob Costas, Joe Buck, Mehmet Oz, Creator/NeileGrasseTyson, and Russell Brand. Its format parodies Ken Burns's ''Baseball''.
19th Sep '17 7:24:49 PM MBG
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* FreezeFrameBonus: They're only onscreen for a few seconds and pretty blurry, but Burns's entire team of dead players is possible to make out. (His right-fielder, Jim Creighton, had indeed been dead for 130 years - he played before there was even a professional league.)
12th Sep '17 3:29:58 PM ClintEastwood
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* AuthorAppeal: The episode was written by John Swartzwelder, who is a big baseball fan.
12th Sep '17 10:13:07 AM ClintEastwood
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* BaseballEpisode: The episode has become one of the most famous instances of this trope and is one of the show's most popular episodes. Steve Sax admitted that people like talking to him about the episode more than his playing career and its popularity even [[http://nypost.com/2017/05/26/homer-at-the-bat-why-hall-of-fame-is-honoring-the-simpsons/ resulted in Homer being inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.]]
** In a case of HilariousInHindsight a running gag in the episode has Burns getting mad at Mattingly for failing to cut his sideburns (even after he shaves off most of his hair). After getting cut from the team Don is heard saying "I still like him better than Steinbrenner." A few weeks after the episode was produced, but before it was aired, Mattingly would be suspended from the Yankees for failing to cut his long hair as per team owner George Steinbrenner's policy.



* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The "Springfield Mystery Spot", a shack attraction ("Where logic takes a holiday and all laws of nature are meaningless"). Ozzie Smith goes into it and...
-->'''Smithers''':...And Ozzie Smith seems to have vanished off the face of the earth...
*Cut to Ozzie Smith in a red void* "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH- *Sees a floating E=MC2* Cool! *Takes picture* AHHHHHHHHHH-"



* WholePlotReference: To ''The Natural'', particularly the film version starring Creator/RobertRedford as a baseball player using a a bat of [[ThunderboltIron Thunderbolt Wood]] from a lightning-struck tree.

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* WholePlotReference: To ''The Natural'', ''Film/TheNatural'', particularly the film version starring Creator/RobertRedford as a baseball player using a a bat of [[ThunderboltIron Thunderbolt Wood]] from a lightning-struck tree.
16th Aug '17 10:39:32 AM N8han11
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BaseballEpisode where Homer and his homemade bat carry the power plants softball team into the championship game. However, Mr. Burns hires a team of Major League Baseball players to guarantee a victory and win a million dollar bet.

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A BaseballEpisode where Homer and his homemade bat carry the power plants plant's softball team into the championship game. However, Mr. Burns hires a team of Major League Baseball players to guarantee a victory and win a million dollar bet.
29th Jul '17 8:17:24 PM Berrenta
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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Mr. Burns gives Smithers only 24 hours to recruit a bunch of professional ringers for his company softball team.



* WholePlotReference: To ''The Natural'', particularly the film version starring Creator/RobertRedford as a baseball player using a a bat of [[ThunderboltIron Thunderbolt Wood]] from a lightning-struck tree.
* YouHave48Hours: Mr. Burns gives Smithers only 24 hours to recruit a bunch of professional ringers for his company softball team.

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* WholePlotReference: To ''The Natural'', particularly the film version starring Creator/RobertRedford as a baseball player using a a bat of [[ThunderboltIron Thunderbolt Wood]] from a lightning-struck tree.
* YouHave48Hours: Mr. Burns gives Smithers only 24 hours to recruit a bunch of professional ringers for his company softball team.
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