Baseball Hall of Fame roundtable about The Simpsons!!!!!

This is tons of fun.   Man the Simpsons has been on forever.  BTW the Simpsons ride at Universal rocks.   Just watching Krusty Klips while standing on line was fun.

Salute to Iconic ‘Homer at the Bat’ Episode of
THE SIMPSONS Highlights 2017
Hall of Fame Classic Weekend

— Roundtable Discussion, Exhibit Opening to Take Place on May 27 in Cooperstown —

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Twenty-five years after “Homer at the Bat” originally aired as an episode of THE SIMPSONS, baseball fans still talk about Ozzie Smith falling into the Springfield Mystery Spot. And Wade Boggs’ argument with one of the Springfield locals.

That episode originally aired on FOX on Feb. 20, 1992, 25 years ago this week. In recognition of this anniversary, fans can celebrate America’s favorite animated family – and Americana at its best – during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to THE SIMPSONS’ place in American culture by honoring “Homer at the Bat” on Saturday, May 27. Boggs and Smith, who were portrayed in the unforgettable episode that featured Homer Simpson winning the championship softball game for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with a walk-off hit-by-pitch, will join in a roundtable discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the Library entrance to the Hall of Fame in Cooper Park. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will feature the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin, and casting director Bonnie Pietila.

During the roundtable, Homer will be “inducted” into the Hall of Fame. This brief ceremony will be followed with the official ribbon-cutting on a SIMPSONS-themed exhibit display in the Museum. THE SIMPSONS will also be honored prior to the Hall of Fame Classic legends game taking place that afternoon at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

“In Cooperstown, we salute baseball’s greatest contributors, preserve its vast history and salute the cultural side of the sport. We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat,’” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “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.”

“When I struck out in tee-ball, I never dreamed I’d make it to the Hall of Fame,” said Al Jean, one of the earliest writers for THE SIMPSONS, which debuted in 1989 and is currently in its 28th season, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. “It shows what not following your dreams can do.”

In “Homer at the Bat,” Hall of Famers Smith, Boggs and Ken Griffey Jr. were three of the nine “ringers” brought in by the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, C. Montgomery Burns, to ensure his team’s victory. But almost all of the stars were fated not to play, each having suffered a separate and unique misfortune leading up to the game. The voices of the actual players were used in the episode.

The traditional Hall of Fame Classic Home Run Derby will follow at noon at Doubleday Field as a lead-in to the ninth annual Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field featuring six Hall of Famers and recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams. The 2017 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company and fueled with assistance from Major League Baseball, highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations.

Tickets are required for the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic game. Hall of Fame Classic tickets will go on sale to participants in the Museum’s Membership Program at 9 a.m. EST Monday, March 6, and to non-Members on March 13. A maximum of eight tickets are available per transaction. Game tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets will go on sale via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at www.baseballhall.org.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $23 for adults (13 and over), $15 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for juniors (ages 7-12) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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Who’s Going to Take the Fifth Rotation Spot?

 

Spring training has begun and we’re starting to get a better look at what the New York Mets will be like this summer. The Mets are returning in 2017 with largely the same team they fielded last year. The main difference is that they should hopefully have most of the team healthy this time around. The rotation for New York boasts some of the most fearsome pitchers in the game and when they’re all at their best there are few teams that can stand up to the strike force.

Heading into training, it’s the first time in a year the majority starting rotation has been healthy. It’s been noted that Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never been in the rotation at the same time, and this could make a huge difference for the Mets. Having everyone available at once is a brand new thing for the team and Harvey has called seeing the lockers of the pitchers all together “a motivation to stay healthy.” We hope that it’s a strong motivation because the health of this rotation is what the Amazins are banking on to get them through the season.

The key thing that’s up in the air is who will be taking the last spot in the rotation. Bartolo Colon was traded to the Atlanta Braves and manager Terry Collins has said that there will be an open competition for the fifth spot. Many have expected that spot to go to Wheeler, but things might not be that simple. Wheeler spent the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be fully healthy at the beginning of the season. Still, the team doesn’t want to get ahead of itself, and management is taking a cautious approach with its pitchers.

New York shouldn’t speak too soon in regard to the health of its rotation lest they jinx the possibility of actually having them all available on opening day. They’re already seeing some minor potential injuries, which should be enough to give even the most ardent fans pause. The Mets recently pulled bullpen plans for Wheeler following reports of elbow tenderness and although he’s still expected to play soon, it will likely be in a limited capacity. Given the injury woes that have plagued this rotation it’s understandable that the organization wants to handle its players with kid gloves. Of course, this also puts that aforementioned fifth spot even more up in the air.

With the competition for the rotation the Mets find themselves in the middle of what you might call one of those “good problems.” Besides Wheeler the team also has Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo in the running, which is a luxurious and enviable position to be in. Gsellman has been ranked as the number 17 prospect in baseball and was hugely important to helping New York toward the end of last season. Lugo is no slouch himself but is more likely to come out of the bullpen rather than start out of the gate.

The Mets were actually last year’s favorites to win the National League East but ended up finishing eight games behind the Washington Nationals. The club ultimately wound up with an 87-75 record, good enough to earn the National League Wild Card, but found themselves on the wrong end of the San Francisco Giants as they were bounced out of the playoffs early. They’ll be hoping to win their division outright this year and they definitely have the talent to make it happen, particularly if the rotation comes together.

While it’s great to see everyone healthy, the bigger issue is going to be keeping them that way. The Mets easily have one of the most fearsome rotations in baseball and if they can keep them all at 100 percent they could ride their pitching all the way to the World Series. We’ll expect to have a better idea who’s going to round out the rotation in the coming weeks but definitely keep an eye on spring training as the competition for the last spot continues.

Mets Morning Laziness: Fauxpening Day, Mets considered Conforto trade, Harvey poses

Good morning!  In a post Rubin world you need someone to type Mets into twitter for you.  Luckily you have me.

In today’s clickbait, The Mets considered trading Conforto for whoever J.D. Martinez is.  (I only follow the Mets).   Remember, considered is a loaded word.

There’s an actual article called The Mets Are Happy To Have Cespedes Back.  Wow.  Thanks.

More articles about David Wright throwing in private.   We all know the deal.

The ballpark in Port St. Lucie has a new name

Matt Harvey smiled at a camera

Murphy will wear 31 for Team USA

New episode of the podcast is out

Remember the Dodger fan that assaulted a Mets fan?  Jail time.

And in case you were too lazy yesterday to save this info:

ACTUAL BASEBALL starts today Here’s how you can follow along…

Today – WOR 1pm

Saturday 2/25 – channel 11 or WOR 1pm

Sunday 2/26 – SNY or WOR 1pm

Monday 2/27 – SNY 1pm

Tuesday 2/28 WOR 1pm

Wed 3/1 WOR 1pm

Thr 3/2 SNY 1pm

 

And that’s it.  Go about your day!

Blogger discovers Daniel Murphy will wear #31 for Team USA in WBC

Hey look what I discovered…..

Yeah, Murphy 31.

I am trying to figure out why.  Murph wears 20 for DC, and you may know he was 28 in Queens.  Well WBC 28 is Posey,   Maybe someone else is wearing 20 for Team USA, but the MLB Shop powered by those Fanatics guys doesn’t have any 20s for sale, so who knows.

And MLB either doesn’t have numerical rosters or makes them really hard to find on either MLB.com or the WBC site.   So who knows.

And, Fanatics being Fanatics claims there are only 8 of these left.  And…

Men’s USA Baseball Daniel Murphy Majestic White 2017 World Baseball Classic Replica Jersey
This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped separately. This item will be shipped no later than Thursday, March 16th.

So shipped on the 16th.  With the free shipping figure it shows up on March 23rd which is typical Fanatics since the final is……wait for it…..March 22nd.   Oh Fanatics.  Just put it in a box and ship it to whichever idiot just paid $150 for a Daniel Murphy WBC jersey meaning there are only 7 left.  What kind of nuts Murph fan would do that?

Oh and about the 31.   Noah Murphy was born on March 31st, so I am guessing that’s where Daniel got 31 from.  I guess.

Anyways – if you are the type of nuts person that drops $150 on a Murphy WBC jersey – its because this is a Uni-corn.

What is a Uni-corn?  It’s one of those jerseys that you grab not for the now, but for the later.  Like my random Cubs throwbacks or my Rays Fauxback or my super random Giants throwbacks which I will have to post one day.  Every now and then MLB Shop does make cool randoms and they are cool to get.

Anyway, support America and support Mets Police’s snazzy affiliate program.  Buy jerseys!   Use code FS50 to save on shipping.

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