— Al Jean (@AlJean) February 22, 2017
In the episode, where the MLB superstars Wade Boggs, José Canseco, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith, and Darryl Strawberry made a guest appearance, Homer won the championship softball game for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with a walk-off hit-by-pitch.
In the press release, Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, said: “In Cooperstown, we salute baseball’s greatest contributors, preserve its vast history and salute the cultural side of the sport. We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’, “‘The Simpsons’ has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992. Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries, evident in literature, theater, language, art, music, film and television. ‘The Simpsons’ is a perfect example of that connection to America.”
A roundtable with Boggs, Smith, and the staff of the show (executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila) will happen at the show from 9.30am to 11am May 27th outside the Library Entrance to the Hall of Fame in Cooper Park, followed by the inauguration, with a ribbon-cut, for the Simpsons-themed display exhibit in the museum.