Born in 1985, I feel genuinely privileged to have grown up watching The Simpsons. Having now been on the air for 23 seasons, one of the show's most historic episodes was 1992’s “Homer at the Bat,” where C. Montgomery Burns lands then-big leaguers Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith and Darryl Strawberry to play for his company softball team. Each player’s actual voice was used in the episode.
However, that wasn’t the show’s only baseball-related episode. There was “Dancing Homer,” where Homer’s booze-infused dance moves spark a rally and land him a one-game gig as the Capital City Goofball.
And who can forget the Mark McGwire cameo in “Brother’s Little Helper,” when he arrives in a helicopter to calm the residents of Springfield after Bart knocks a spy satellite from the sky.
His famous line: “Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want me to see me sock a few dingers?”
The widespread appreciation of The Simpsons even led to the naming of the Albuquerque Isotopes, based on the 2001 episode entitled “Hungry, Hungry Homer.”
Here is a look at the full story behind the naming of the Isotopes, as well as some of the other bizarre team names throughout the minor leagues.