Baseball Hall of Fame honors 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’

This is awesome. Also, I can’t believe that it has been 25 years since Homer at the Bat aired.

Joe Posnanski writing for MLB.com:

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Every now and again, Hall of Famer Wade Boggs will be walking around somewhere, and someone will suddenly yell at him: “Lord Palmerston!” This is not normal, you know, for people to randomly yell the name of the last British Prime Minister to die in office at a 12-time All-Star third baseman with a lifetime .328 batting average.

That’s the power of The Simpsons.

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“It is with great humility I enter the Hall of Fame,” Simpson said in his recorded acceptance speech. “And it’s about damn time. I’m fatter than Babe Ruth, balder than Ty Cobb and have one more finger than Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown.”

The thing about “Homer at the Bat” that endures is the obvious love for baseball that fills the episode. Yes, of course, there are classic Simpsons bits in it, such as Boggs and Barney having a violent barroom argument over the greatest British Prime Minister (Lord Palmerston! Pitt the Elder!), Jose Canseco continuously running into a burning home to save a woman’s furniture, Roger Clemens clucking like a chicken, Bart and Lisa arguing about who gets to bring Homer a beer after he crushes a game-winning homer (“Kids, kids, you can BOTH bring me a beer”).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some classic Simpson’s episodes to watch.

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