Quick question: Who’s the biggest snub when it comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame? Pete Rose’s degenerate gambling ass? No way. Steroid enthusiast Barry Bonds? Get outta here. The correct answer for who is the most overdue player for Hall of Fame enshrinement is none other than Homer J. Simpson. He was the most feared power hitter of his generation, and it’s about damn time that he gets his proper recognition. What a silky smooth stroke.
Homer and his trusty Wonderbat will be honored this spring, as the Baseball Hall of Fame is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the classic “Homer at the Bat” episode of The Simpsons. Via the HOF’s website:
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to THE SIMPSONS’ place in American culture by honoring “Homer at the Bat” on Saturday, May 27. Boggs and Smith, who were portrayed in the unforgettable episode that featured Homer Simpson winning the championship softball game for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with a walk-off hit-by-pitch, will join in a roundtable discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the Library entrance to the Hall of Fame in Cooper Park. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will feature the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin, and casting director Bonnie Pietila.
During the roundtable, Homer will be “inducted” into the Hall of Fame. This brief ceremony will be followed with the official ribbon-cutting on a SIMPSONS-themed exhibit display in the Museum. THE SIMPSONS will also be honored prior to the Hall of Fame Classic legends game taking place that afternoon at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.
Words cannot express how happy this makes me. I just hope that Homer takes some time to thank his savvy manager Mr. Burns during his speech. If Burns didn’t pinch hit Homer for Darryl Strawberry in the 1992 City Championship to get that righty vs. lefty matchup, none of this would be possible. Look at that crafty, playing the percentages son of a bitch go!
They should also get somebody to do a live performance of this song. It’s hotter than the house fire Jose Canseco got stuck at.