When Homer and the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team reach the championship game, Mr Burns enlists a team of Major League Baseball ringers including Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia in a bit to win the team the title.

Only one ends up playing in the game, however, as each the others are hit by a series of brilliantly implausible misfortunes in one of The Simpsons' best ever sporting episodes. Each misfortune is memorably immortalised in Terry Cashman's 'Softball' song, which plays over the end of the episode's closing credits.