Listen to Ozzie Smith, a 'Simpsons' producer and others reflect on 'Homer at the Bat'
When "The Simpsons" aired "Homer at the Bat" 24 years ago Saturday, no one involved knew that they'd created not just one of the best baseball-themed episodes of television, but one of the best episodes of any show, ever. "The Simpsons" was only in its third season -- who would've thought that the episode, which revolved around some of the best Major Leaguers at the time playing as ringers for the nuclear power plant's softball team, would become one of baseball's foremost cultural moments of the past quarter century.
And yet, here we are. Three of the players in the episode are now in the Hall of Fame. It's among the most-asked questions of every player who appeared. It is, indisputably, an American classic. So, to celebrate the episode's 24th anniversary, MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM gathered a few of the individuals who made it happen to reflect on its making and the phenomenon that it's become since.
Check out the interviews with Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Steve Sax -- who's an analyst on MLB Network radio -- and "Simpsons" producer Al Jean below:
On the episode's legacy:
On doing a "Simpsons" belch:
On still getting asked about it:
On predicting the future: