Synopsis by Mark Deming
Relatively low on the list of annoyances at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, but a great source of embarrassment to owner C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer), is the traditionally poor performance of the plant's employee softball team. However, when Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) shows up for the first game of the season with a bat he made from a tree branch felled during a thunderstorm (while he unwittingly attracted lightning hiding in a metal shed), he bats in a grand slam, and the team has their best season in memory. Aristotle Amadopolis (also voiced by Castellaneta), the owner of the nearby Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant, is so impressed with Springfield's winning season that, when his team is to face off against Springfield for the league championship, Amadopolis offers to make things more interesting with a million-dollar wager. Burns, endlessly greedy, is determined to win the bet, and hires a team of ringers to play the big game -- major league stars Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith, and Darryl Strawberry. However, a bizarre series of disasters sidelines the entire team of all-stars, except for Strawberry, forcing Homer and his pals to win the game on their own. "Homer at the Bat" was first aired on February 20, 1992; by the way, all nine baseball stars who appeared in the episode provided their own voices.