Homer with some of his former teammates: Steve Sax, Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. (Photo: Milo Stewart, Jr.)
Today, Homer Simpson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As a tribute to the infamous softball episode in which Homer and his team of MLB ringers defeated Shelbyville’s power plant, the Hall of Fame decided to bestow this induction honor to the legendary television dad. The episiode (“Homer at the Bat”) is considered to be one of the episodes in history. In fact, I consider it their best episode ever.
This “induction” is all about fun. It’s not a serious move but a way to have some humor and honor a television icon and the 25th anniversary of the episode.
But there are some people who don’t understand humor. Take a look at some comments regarding the induction from this post.
Never taking this for granted. (AP)
“The Warriors are insufferable. The fans are bandwagon chumps. They are this stacked team and nobody likes how they’ve destroyed parity.”
I don’t care.
I grew up a Warriors fan in the mid 1990s when Run TMC had already disbanded and the team was going to endure a pretty pathetic playoff drought. For over a decade, I didn’t know what good quality basketball was all about. I only saw it occasionally when it was a nationally televised game featuring the good teams with Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal and so on.
It was never ever in my belief that the Warriors could reach that level. Why not? The team gave me no reason after head coaching changes every couple of years and poor draft picks over and over again. Nobody wanted to sign with this team and worst of all, the NBA didn’t care about the Warriors either. I remember watching the NBA on NBC games and they would have their tag line video with the voiceover that went like this: “This copyrighted telecast is presented by authority of the National Basketball Association. It may not be reproduced or retransmitted in any form, and the accounts and descriptions of this game may not be disseminated, without express written consent of the NBA.”
And in that video package, they would show their top stars in the background with their dunks, blocks, etc. Never did they feature a Warriors player. It was only the best players from the top eight teams in the league. It wasn’t until years later when the graphic featured a player from every team — I was so happy to see Jason Richardson dunk in that clip.
But that was the NBA for me. It was the elite teams and then the bottom of the ladder Warriors.
The NFL issued some new rules for this upcoming season. Overtime periods are now only 10 minutes, which I am indifferent about. There is now one less roster cutdown period, which I am also indifferent about.
But this news is the big one.
Now we are allowed to have the football used as a prop for a celebration without penalty. Group celebrations and going to the ground is now acceptable. Of course, there are still some limits on how long these can go but it’s a step in the right direction.
The NFL used to allow this but started cracking down on these celebrations recently. Now that we have these celebrations no longer on the black list, we can all return to having some fun again. Progress!
But sadly, we still aren’t allowed three pumps.
Over the past couple years, the NFL has dabbed into streaming their games on Twitter and Yahoo. But this news of MLB going into Facebook Live is also something really important.
Maybe it’s because my perception of baseball isn’t as high in America as football. But also it’s a way to help fans of baseball get their fix in. I know with so many games and many fans unable to watch as much baseball outside of their market, this is pretty unique. Of course they can still do that on TV but having it right on Facebook is different. People are always on Facebook and having it right there on this platform is a huge deal.
Maybe I am overthinking this but I for sure feel that if I didn’t have MLB.TV, I’d probably tune in even if I don’t care for either teams.