The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown has just announced it’s latest inductee- Homer Simpson! That’s right the Homer Simpson, America’s TV Dad for the last 30 years.
I am not sure if I am happy about this news or appalled. A cartoon character gets in the HOF before some of the greats to ever play the game are inducted. The “Steroid Era” in baseball is the culprit. With less players getting into the HOF year after year I guess it was decided that something needed to be done in order to draw interest. Homer Simpson will have his place while others are left on the outside looking in; Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco and Rafeal Palmeiro just to name a few.
Homer is famous for this walk-off hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to win the softball championship for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant team in a 1992 episode entitled “Homer at the Bat.” The lineup included baseball greats Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith who will take part in the festivities. There were also many other guest appearances in the episode including Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Steve Sax and Jose Canseco.
The festivities will take place on May 27, 2017. There will a round table discussion, which will be free and open to the public, featuring the executive producers of the episode Al Jean and Mike Reiss as well as director Jim Reardon and executive story editor Jeff Martin. It will be during the roundtable that Homer will be “inducted” into the HOF. This will be followed by the official opening of The Simpsons themed display that will open in the Museum that day.