Al: (Three steps away from home plate) Before I cross home plate and bring home the first-ever championship to the Mallers, I would just like to say that... (á la Lou Gehrig) Today... today... today..., I consider you... you... you... the luckiest team on the face of the earth... earth... earth. And in closing I'd like to say, I hate you all, and I thank no one but myself. As of today, I, Al Bundy, am finished with baseball. (Al takes one step for every letter, the last one jumping on home plate) M... V... P!
The episode title is an allusion to the 1984 baseball film, The Natural, starring Robert Redford, which was based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel of the same name.
Eight Men Out:
The ending sequence features a bizarre setting of the 1988 movie Eight Men Out, set six months later with Al as the mysterious player at a local softball field with a fan (Ian Ziering) wondering who it is while Peggy is in attendence on the bleachers.