Celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Homer at the Bat” — the smoothest Simpsons episode ever

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the airing of The Simpsons‘ episode of “Homer at the Bat”. In my opinion, it is the smoothest episode the show has ever produced. It may even be their best.

(Deadspin put together a really nice recap of the episode’s significance.)

I grew up a huge Simpsons fan but when this episode first aired, I was only a 5-year old boy. I didn’t even know what this show was until I got a little older. By the ┬átime I did finally watch the episode, I had no idea what kind of great impact this episode had.

But now that it’s 20 years later, I can appreciate it a lot more. Aside from the fact that baseball is my favorite sport, the best thing about this episode was its smooth storytelling.

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The Manny Ramirez circus in Oakland will be quite a scene

Get your popcorn ready Oakland A’s fans because we’re in for a treat this year. With the A’s signing Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal, the ballclub is preparing themselves for a potential circus act in the 2012 season.

First, Ramirez has to pass the physical, make the roster and serve his 50-game suspension before even making any impact for the A’s this year.

But after all that’s said and done, the team’s $500,000 investment will attract fans to the stadium and whether or not the A’s are winning, it’s going to be must-see baseball.

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