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.
On Friday, it wasn’t.
On Friday, there were hardware issues with MLB.TV and I think half of the games lost their feeds and audio for viewers. A lot of fans were frustrated that they could not watch their teams play. And if they did, they were forced to watch the feed from the opposing team’s broadcasters.
(For those of you who don’t know, MLB.TV is a service you can get from Major League Baseball to watch out of market games of your favorite teams. Since I live in Los Angeles now, getting my fix of the Oakland A’s through MLB.TV is a huge blessing to me.)
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 time 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.