So what if he was hitless — Manny Ramirez’s presence with the triple-A Albuquerque Istopes is already drawing fans to the Dodgers farm club.
Check out Homer Simpson here, all ‘Toped up for Manny.
Okay, so actually, Homer was rooting for the Springfield Isotopes, the fictional team that nearly moved to — get this — Albuquerque.
It’s not really that much of a coincidence. After Albuquerque lost its longtime minor league club, the Dukes, to Portland, a team from Canada moved to New Mexico. Fans were then allowed to vote for the team name, and 67 percent opted for the Simpsons-inspired Isotopes.
On “The Simpsons,” Homer was briefly a mascot for the Isotpes. In the Albuquerque episode, Homer went on a hunger strike to keep the Isotopes in Springfield.