Published Feb 23, 2017There are many, many episodes of The Simpsons that could be considered the series' best. Among them is "Homer at the Bat," a guest-heavy episode with some of the show's best jokes. ("Get rid of those sideburns!") The episode will soon turn 25, and it's being honoured with a special ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
On May 27, the Hall of Fame will induct Homer Simpson as a member. There will also be a panel discussion about the episode including The Simpsons executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila. They'll be joined by Homer's teammates Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith.
As if that weren't enough, The Simpsons will be honoured with a salute at the Hall of Fame legends game taking place at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. Further, the Hall of Fame will cut the ribbon on a new Simpsons-themed sports exhibit.
In an official statement, the Hall of Fame's president Jeff Idelson said, "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 Americana."