History Recap / TheSimpsonsS3E17HomerAtTheBat

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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26th Jun '17 9:12:04 AM tahna_los
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** Played straight with Mr. Burns instigating the fates of Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith, Steve Sax, and Ken Griffey Jr. Less so with Roger Clemens, and Wade Boggs (and by extension Moe).
30th May '17 9:01:10 AM kquinn0830
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Mike Scioscia doesn't get that his job at the plant was just a token position so he could play on the softball team and shows up to work there every day. He winds up getting radiation poisoning.



* ExactWords: Mr. Burns states that, although there is an outside chance of seven misfortunes, nine misfortunes befalling his players is virtually impossible. This proves accurate as nothing happens to either Darryl Strawberry (who Burns sends to the showers during the last play, since he wants to play the precentages and pit a right-handed batter against a [[TheSouthpaw Southpaw]] pitcher) or Don Mattingly (who was kicked off the team by Burns for his non-existent sideburns).

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* ExactWords: Mr. Burns states that, although there is an outside chance of seven misfortunes, nine misfortunes befalling his players is virtually impossible. This proves accurate as nothing happens to either Darryl Strawberry (who Burns sends to the showers during the last play, since he wants to play the precentages percentages and pit a right-handed batter against a [[TheSouthpaw Southpaw]] pitcher) or Don Mattingly (who was kicked off the team by Burns for his non-existent sideburns).



** [[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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** [[spoiler: The bottomless pit purveyor, who not only tricked Ozzie Smith into going in, but also [[{{Jerkass}} laughed at him for falling for it.]]]]]]



* TakeThat: After Mr. Burns kicks Mattingly off the team for not getting rid of his nonexistent sideburns, Mattingly notes that he "still like[s] [Burns] better than Steinbrenner."
* TemptingFate: Subverted. Burns finding the idea that his nine players would befall nine calamities before the Shelbyville game hilarious. By the time of the game, [[spoiler: only seven players were subject to ridiculous calamities. Mattingly is kicked off because he still didn't get rid of the nonexistent sideburns Burns kept screaming about, and Strawberry still makes it.]]

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* TakeThat: After Mr. Burns kicks Mattingly off the team for not getting rid of his nonexistent sideburns, Mattingly angrily storms off but notes that he "still like[s] [Burns] still likes Burns better than Steinbrenner."
Steinbrenner (the controversial owner of the New York Yankees who was very much a MeanBoss).
* TemptingFate: Subverted. Burns finding the idea that his nine players would befall nine calamities before the Shelbyville game hilarious. By the time of the game, [[spoiler: only seven players were subject to ridiculous calamities. Mattingly is kicked off because he still didn't get rid of the nonexistent sideburns Burns kept screaming about, and Strawberry still makes it.]]it and hits nine home runs.
20th Apr '17 12:26:15 PM kquinn0830
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** Eddie and Lou. See PoliceBrutality below.



** Eddie and Lou. See PoliceBrutality below.
20th Apr '17 12:25:43 PM kquinn0830
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Would anyone actually disagree with the idea that Darryl Strawberry is a better player than Homer?
9th Mar '17 7:13:28 PM Mullon
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* SmartBall: Not only is Homer a baseball prodigy this episode, but he can make his own baseball bat.
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