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Celebrity First Pitch – Homer Simpson

Doh!!  Homer Simpson recently took the family to Dodger Stadium and he was given the opportunity to throw out the game’s first pitch. 

While I am not a fan of ‘The Simpsons’ it is impossible to question their immense popularity and ranking in the pop culture world.  I remember this show debuting when I was in middle school and I am pretty confident that it still has a similar appeal with people some 20 years later.  Amazingly, the Simpson gang and their humor has been able to remain relevant and funny after being on television over the last three decades.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1986 you hit your first Home Run in the majors.  I’m not sure that anyone predicted what the next 20 years would be like for you both in and out of baseball but you were off to a great start.

McGwire’s career has been punctuated by several baseball records:

1 – By the end of the 1987 season, he captivated the baseball world by hitting 49 homers as a rookie – a record that still stands today. 

2 – In 1998, he set the major league record for most home runs in a season with 70. 

3 – He currently ranks #1 all-time for home runs per at bat, hitting a homer in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his career.

It’s too bad that ‘Big Mac’ took the worst of the drama during the steroid era’s very public testimony.  By not agreeing to speak about the past he put a huge black cloud over his head and this is very likely the reason that he was not voted into the Hall of Fame when he became eligible.  Currently, McGwire is the only player in history with 500+ home runs that has not been voted into the Hall of Fame when eligible.

A former Rookie of the Year, A Gold Glove Winner, a 12-time All-Star, a World Series champion, and being currently ranked #8 for career home runs in major league history – it all feels a bit empty. 

If you only said, “I made a huge mistake and want to apologize to my family, teammates, and fans for what I did…”.  America fell in love with you as you chased Roger Maris’ record back in 1998.  You were the cover boy of baseball and today your status appears to be tarnished beyond repair.

If only you didn’t ask for the ‘Super Size’ with your ‘Big Mac’.  You’d surely be compared to the greatest power hitters of all-time.  Instead you’re sadly forgotten.  😦