Homer at the Bat

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    By jmbsonic555, Oct 19, 2011

    The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's softball team goes on a season long winning streak thanks to Homer's "Wunderbat." But with the pennant and a $1 million bet on the line Mr. Burns brings in 9 ringers from the professional baseball ranks and a disappointed Homer has to sit the bench.

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  • 9.5

    Doesn't get better than this

    By oceanic6, May 30, 2010

    Homer and his nuclear plant buddies are enjoying a company baseball season until his power-hungry boss enlists professional ringers to beat a rival boss in the final match. Although this episode is only really known as being "the one where ten pro baseball players guest star", this episode is often seen and labelled (very correctly) as one of the best of the series.

    Baseball fan John Swartzwelder pens yet another terrific script that is arranged and paced just right, given a suitably surreal tone and is jam - packed with laughs. He is the only writer on the show who I would trust with writing lines for these athletes, had any of the smart alecky other writers had attempted it, it would've resulted in a significant ass-kicking. The only red flag of the episode would be that if one is not a baseball fan then many of the sports in-jokes and references would fly over their heads. Also while the ending is happy, in a way it isn't really a fair one; Mr. Burns acheives victory through cheating and enlisting professional baseball players and grudgingly letting the others join in when his ringers were unavailable. Most movies and tv shows would teach the kiddies that such people are punished. No matter how much they are paid, how they are portrayed, the lines they're given etc. Sports stars on an animated show will just never sound into it and this episode is a relevant example. Not only is a lack of enthusiasm blatant but the voices sound very much like they were recorded seperately and thrown in and they never really gel with the rest of the dialogue. One masterful example of sound editing is when various characters are under hypnosis and had to speak at the same time and considering the individual voices were recorded in different places and months apart and still worked is a credit to whoever is in that thankless job.

    The always interesting Mr. Burns is given a very large role in this episode and for once he is not seen as a typical evil, bitter, rich old man, his coaching duties see him become hilariously eccentric and a superb vocal performance from Harry Shearer sees Mr. Burns as the most "excellent" of the episode. (I still can't believe Shearer is the only main voice actor who has never won an Emmy).

    The episode doesn't just present animated perfection from start to finish, the closing credits feature a great musical number that adds to the monumentality that is this episode and was deserving of a "Music and Lyrics" Emmy nomination.

    Think of The Simpsons as the American economy, this episode was the epitome of the golden era where the quality prosperity was booming and from seasons 2 - 15 the episodes were superb. Too bad this period comes to an end after season 15 when the quality collapsed and the Simpsons Depression began and as of 2009 it doesn't look like a recovery is in sight.moreless

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  • 10

    Talkin' Softball

    By futuramarama, Jan 10, 2010

    Homer gets him and his friends to sign up for the Power Plant Softball Team, and they are unbeatable. But soon Burns makes a bet with Shelbyville Plant Owner, and the loser owes the winner $1 million. So of course Burns decides to cheat, getting real super baseball players to play for the team. But different fates befall all of them, and now Burns needs to use the regular players, except for Homer, because his player is still there. But before the last pitch Homer gets to bat. In the end Homer technically wins.

    A classic episode from a classic seasonmoreless

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  • 10

    Homer joins the company softball team and becomes a success. Mr. Burns makes a million dollar bet and recruits major leaguers to help him win. The championship game comes down to Homer's last at bat.

    By Hornets3, Aug 02, 2009

    I think I speak for all of you when I say that this episode was just flawless. It is surely a series classic and one of the best episodes ever made hands down. There are so many funny moments like when Homer is choking, scratching himself, locked outside in the rainstorm, and all of the misfortunes that plague Mr. Bruns's major leaguers. Give this episode a watch and you wont be disappointed. It has some great gags and jokes. IMO it is porbably the best episode of this season, and surely you will not be disappointed if you watch this episode.moreless

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  • 10

    An almost perfect episode that I feel started the Simpsons Golden Age.

    By My_Dog_Misty, Dec 30, 2008

    This episode is among the series best. I feel this episode is the beginning of the Simpsons Golden Age. It was smart, funny, and incredibly entertaining to watch! And, the guest voiced did an incredible job. Some of the best jokes in it include Mr. Burns showing the team how to bunt, the house fire, Homer scratching himself on Marge's commentary, and the many separate misfortunes that happened to Mr. Burns' ringers. Oh, and how could one forget Homer's game winning 'hit'? Homer at the Bat is one of John Swartzwelder's best and one of series best. This episode should be watched by fans and critics alike!moreless

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  • 9.0


    By Pikachu_2121, Sep 03, 2008

    This episode deals with the annual power plant softball game. Homer is a star in the league with his home made baseball bat, called "wunderbat." Once Mr. Burn's team reaches the championship game, he realizes that he wants a team with major league talent so it will be impossible for him to lose the game. He recruits the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, Ozzie Smith, Steve Sax and Don Mattingly. All of the players come down with very odd ailments that keep them from playing, Ozzie Smith's being my favorite. This is a great episode that I like because it deals with baseballmoreless

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  • 10

    Truley one of the best in the whole series!!!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 29, 2008

    It is softball season in Springfield and many of the workers at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant are reluctant to sign up for the Power Plant team due to their previous unsuccessful year. Homer reveals that he has a secret weapon, a homemade bat named "Wonder Bat" and his co-workers eagerly join the team. Thanks in large part to Homer, the team goes through its season undefeated and earns the right to play in the championship game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant.

    Mr. Burns makes a million dollar bet with Aristotle Amadopoulos, owner of the Shelbyville plant, that his team will win. To secure victory in the game, Mr. Burns decides to hire major league stars and assembles a team that includes Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, Mordecai Brown, and a right fielder who has been dead for 130 years. Smithers informs Mr. Burns that the players he picked are all dead and thus Mr. Burns orders Smithers to find some current superstar players. He hires nine Major League Baseball players - Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia - and gives them token jobs at the plant so that they can play on the team, much to the dismay of the plant workers who got the team to the championship game in the first place.

    However, before the game can be played, eight of the nine players are involved in unrelated incidents: Roger Clemens acts like a chicken due to a bad hypontist; Wade Boggs is knocked unconscious by Barney; Ken Griffey Jr. overdoses on a nerve tonic, resulting in an extreme case of Gigantism; Steve Sax is arrested for all of New York's unsolved murders; Ozzie Smith disappears in the "Springfield mystery spot"; José Canseco misses the game while rescuing a woman from a fire; Don Mattingly is kicked off the team due to his "sideburns"; and Mike Scioscia is hospitalized due to radiation poisoning contracted from working at the Plant. Darryl Strawberry is the only star who can play and Mr. Burns is forced to use eight of his actual employees, excepting only Homer who remains on the bench because Strawberry plays his position. During the game Strawberry hits nine home runs, but Shelbyville is able to counter the star right fielder's offensive prowess. With the score tied and bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Burns elects to field a right-handed hitter against a left-handed pitcher and pinch hits Homer for Strawberry. The very first pitch hits Homer in the head, rendering him unconscious, but forcing in the winning run. Homer, still unconscious, is paraded as a hero.moreless

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  • 10

    This episode was about Homer joining the nuclear softball team

    and how Burns bet Aristolis 1 million doolars at the game. Burns hires better players, and dumps the old ones, including Homer

    By simpsonlyfe, Jan 06, 2008

    Best.Episode.Ever! Not only is this the best episode of the Simpsons, it is tv gold. From the starting point of the episode to when Homer gets hit by the ball, this is pure classic. There are a tremendous amount of jokes, spooks, and allusions in this episode (like when ozzie is falling down the tunnel) This is what should be defined as the best episode. To give anything under a 10 to this episode would be an outrage. Any simpsons fan would watch this episode first, before anything else. My favourite part of the episode is when one of the softball playershelps the lady and rescues things from her flaming house..... Now that was comedic goldddd!!!!!moreless

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  • 9.7


    By DaGamePhreak, Aug 26, 2007

    Mr. Burns makes a bet with an arch-nemesis that his power plant would win the league soft ball game worth a ton of cash. Burns, in order to ensure victory, hires a group of major leaguers to the plant so they can participate in the softball game, replacing the legit team. However, every player has a mishap except Darryl Strawberry. Homer pinch hits for Darryl Strawberry with the game tied and bases loaded, and gets hit by the pitch, winning the game.

    Homer at the Bat is a very entertaining episode. It's funny, very well written, and is a must watch for baseball fans. Absolutely classic.moreless

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