Homer J. Simpson in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball inducted Homer into their Hall of Fame and commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Homer at the Bat episode, which is honestly one of the best episodes of any television program.

MLB’s Joe Posnanski reporting on the induction ceremony and quoting Al Jean, that episode’s executive producer:

When Bart and Lisa chant “Darryl, Darryl,” at Darryl Strawberry, their mother says they should stop because it’s mean. Lisa explains that as a professional athlete, such insults just roll off their backs. There is then a closeup of Strawberry, and a single tear falling from his eye.

“I didn’t know whether to tell Darryl we were going to do that,” Jean said. “I decided not to tell him.”

I still find myself singing the closing theme song:

 

Why You Play All Nine Innings

Friday featured not one, but two of the most embarrassing errors you’ll ever witness in baseball. Behold as these well-compensated professionals forget foundational baseball they learned in little-league. Early in the afternoon, Milton Bradley starts us off by counting to three tossing a fly ball he caught into Wrigley’s bleachers, a time-honored tradition when the half-inning ends. The only problem: it was only the second out of the inning.

Bradley forgets

For those of you still reeling from the shock of seeing what $7,000,000 gets you, savor the collapse of the New York Mets against the New York Yankees. How bad was it? Sure handed second basemen Luis Castillo dropped the 27th out of the game, and diligent Yankee base runners both scored, winning the game on their last chance.

Francisco and Luis turn 9th inning heartburn into heartache for Mets fans

There you have it, major leaguers proving that not even $22,416,666 makes you immune to mistakes.