Yes, legendary slugger and Isotopes mascot Homer Simpson will be taking his rightful place today among the immortal. The baseball Hall of Fame is inducting its newest class this weekend, with Jeff Bagwell, Tim Rice (finally), and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez joining the hallowed Hall. But, stealing the spotlight will be the Simpsons patriarch. A former mascot for the Springfield Isotopes, "Dancing" Homer delighted fans and enjoyed a long run until leaving for the bright lights of Capitol City, where he burned out in spectacular fashion. Never losing his love of the game, he would "lead" the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team to the 1992 championship, along with MLB players Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia. It remains the only title of their (short) history.
The Hall is not ACTUALLY inducting him, but instead will have an exhibit honoring the Season 3 episode Homer at the Bat of The Simpsons. The episode title is a reference to the famous poem "Casey at the Bat", and the episode was written by John Swartzwelder. It remains a fan-favorite episode for both fans of the show and baseball enthusiasts.Part of the exhibit will include a signed script from the episode and a VHS copy. During Induction Weekend, there will be a roundtable discussion with Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, and who knows, maybe Homer will stride up to the dish in the Hall of Fame Classic that is played every year.