Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Softball Team Jinx
In Homer at the Bat, a gem of an episode from season three of The Simpsons, Mr. Burns assembled ringers for the company softball team.
In real life, many members of this All-Star team also suffered bizarre incidents which hampered their effectiveness after the 1992 season. Here are the ringers for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Team and how they were cursed.
|POS||NAME||FATE ON SIMPSONS||FATE IN REAL LIFE|
|C||Mike Scoscia||Radiation poisoning from plant accident||Injured, missed all of '93 season. Retired.|
|1B||Don Mattingly||Kicked off team for refusing to cut sideburns||Numerous injuries, decline in power|
|2B||Steve Sax||Arrested on suspicion by Springfield Police Dept.||Lost job, became .230-hitting role player|
|SS||Ozzie Smith||Enters Springfield Mystery Spot and disappears||Slow decline in fielding skills|
|3B||Wade Boggs||Beaten up by Barney in Moe's Tavern brawl||Average fell to .259. Signed with Yankees|
|LF||Jose Canseco||Busy rescuing furniture from burning house||Arm & back injuries curtail career. Drugs, violence, disgrace|
|CF||Ken Griffey Jr||Mr Burns' nerve tonic causes gigantism||Injuries, injuries, injuries|
|RF||Darryl Strawberry||Pinch-hit for by Homer Simpson||Drugs, alcohol, guns, disgrace|
|P||Roger Clemens||Hypnosis convinces him he's a chicken||PEDs, adultery, disgrace|
Admittedly, the Ozzie one is a bit of a stretch, but you must admit the others all encountered some tough luck (self-imposed in some instances) after this episode aired. Still a fantastic episode, though.