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Homer at the Bat

Homer at the Bat

Rating: 4 (185 votes)

Plot

Homer joins the power plant softball team, having a secret weapon called "Wonder Bat." He scores lots of home runs and grandslams at every bat. Soon the team plays Shelbyville power plant for the championship. To make sure he wins, Mr. Burns hires Major League Baseball players to secure the win against Shelbyville, giving them jobs at the plant. All the original power plant players are replaced, Homer being replaced by the Darrel Strawberry. However, nearly all the players suffer misfortunes leading up to the game, and Burns is forced to bring back the original power planbt workers. Strawberry is still on the team though. At the last ball, Burns switches Strawberry for Homer to "play the percentages." The ball hits Homer in the head, knocking him unconcious, however, it counted as a hit, allowing the man on third to score and Homer wins the Championship.


Memorable quotes

Carl: Hey, Homer's choking again.
Lenny: Isn't there a first-aid chart around here somewhere?
Carl: Somebody scare him.
Charlie: That's for the hiccups!

Homer: It all started last year during a terrible thunderstorm, when I locked myself out of the house. Sheltering myself with a large piece of sheet metal, I ran for cover under the tallest tree I could find!

Homer: Come here, boy, I want to show you something.
Bart: What's that, a homemade bat?
Homer: It's something very special: a homemade bat.

Bart: Homer, can I get you a beer?
Lisa: No, I want to get him a beer.
Homer: Kids, kids, kids! You can each get me a beer.

Umpire: Okay, let's go over the ground rules. You can't leave first until you chug a beer. Any man scoring has to chug a beer. you have to chug a beer at the top of all odd-numbered innings. Oh, and the fourth inning is the beer inning.
Wiggum: Hey, we know how to play softball!

Homer: I play right field, too.
Darryl: So?
Homer: Well, are you better than me?
Darryl: Well, I've never met you... but yes.

Homer: I don't want you to see me sitting on my worthless butt.
Bart: We've seen it, Dad.

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Notes

  • Smithers wears his ID badge even at the baseball field.
  • Marge wears a Smilin' Joe Fission cap atop her hairdo.
  • The Heimlich Maneuver poster pictures a man choking on a whole lobster.
  • A sign at the Springfield Heights Millionaires Club states that you must have more than one million dollars to enter (duh!).

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References

  • Homer makes ''Wonderbat'' from a tree struck by lightning, a la The Natural. Music from this movie is also used several times throughout the episode.
  • In the montage of baseball games scene, a few people from the show are sat in the stands.
  • The song over the credits parodies Toca Baseball by Terry Cashman.

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