Major League Baseball Players & The Simpsons.
2 of my favorite things in life are Baseball and cartoons, specifically The Simpsons. In the last 20 some-odd years, there have been some very memorable episodes with Major League Players featured as characters. I just thought I would put together a little list of them and post on here in no particular order. I don’t list every appearance of every player to appear as there are a few little small things I left out (ie. Carl Yastrzemski’s rookie card that Milhouse almost buys, Ron Santo’s biography that Lisa finds at the library) but I think it covers the more memorable ones!
“Homer At Bat” aired February 20, 1992 (3rd Season) and to this day is one of most popular episodes of The Simpsons. It featured Don Mattingly, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, and Mike Scioscia. There are so many great quotes, ridiculous scenes, and screen shots I can include from this episode but it would be WAY too much for 1 post but I WILL leave this great collection of clips where Burns harasses Don Mattingly over his “sideburns”:
Last Season (I cant find the episode info anywhere!?) there was a short snipit of Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers famous homerun off of Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame Closer Dennis Eckersley from the 1988 World Series. I was fortunate to come across an animated gif of the scene online a few days after it aired.
“Brother’s Little Helper” aired October 3, 1999 (11th Season) and featured St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire. To this day I still quote McGwire’s line “Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see me hit some dingers?
“Bart Has Two Mommies” aired March 19, 2006 (17th season) and featured left handed pitching legend Randy Johnson, then of the New York Yankees. In the episode he intimidates Ned Flanders into buying left-handed items to sell in The Leftorium.
“MoneyBart” just recently aired on October 10, 2010 (22nd Season) and featured Mike Scioscia as a guest for the 2nd time as he was also in “Homer At Bat“. This time Scioscia appears as a Manager and helps Lisa with some coaching help as she is now managing Bart’s little league team. This ended up being one of my favorite episodes in recent years and what is great is that they actually reference Scioscia’s appearance in “Homer At Bat.” In addition, the title is a take on Michael Lewis’s book “Moneyball.”
“The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” aired January 19, 1997 (8th Season) and features a scene where New York Yankee legend Whitey Ford is pelted by angry fans with pretzels until he is unconscious. For some reason I find this scene hilarious, check it out HERE. Too bad the clip leaves out the “This is uh….This is a black day for baseball” line from the Announcer which is the icing on the cake for this ridiculous scene.
“Regarding Margie” aired May 7, 2006 (17th Season) and had a very quick and humorous ode to the 1974 Oakland Athletics as Homer paints “’74 Oakland A’s – Best Team Ever” on his curb. The following dialouge goes down:
Lisa: “Dad, all you had to do was paint one number, now no one is going to be able to find our house!”
Homer: “But sweetie, I just wanted to tell the ’74 Oakland A’s how I felt about them.”
(The 1974 A’s roll up in a convertible)
Sal Bando of the A’s: “Look, that guy remembers us!”
Gene Tenace of the A’s: “Hey Sal Bando, give him a ’74 A’s thank you honk!”
(Sal Bando honks horn and drives off)
Homer: “My work here is done.”