These are Matt Duffy's bats, and I think @TylerKepner and @mercbrownie have a new favorite player. pic.twitter.com/nnp18bcUavDuffy's big hit wasn't the first time that Duffman inserted himself into baseball affairs. Here are a few others that I can think of:
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 17, 2014
1. September 1997
Duffman first appeared in public, wearing his trademark Duff baseball cap.
It's a classic lid, as iconic as the one worn by the old Brooklyn Dodgers. Duffman's first appearance also coincided with one of Homer Simpson's funniest adventures, his trip to New York.
2. March 2001
After Homer discovered that the owner of Duff beer was planning to move the minor-league Springfield Isotopes to Albuquerque, Homer protested with a hunger strike. Duffman was employed to get rid of Homer but eventually booted his own boss out of the stadium. Duffman rescued the 'Topes from relocation, but only for a couple years.
3. May 2006
Duffman may have been killed in a blimp crash at an Isotopes game. Even if he did die, we know that his spirit lives on. Which leads us to...
4. 2014 MLB Season (Multiple Occasions)
Throughout the season, the aforementioned Matt Duffy and Royals starter Danny Duffy have vied for the honorary title of Duffman.
Duffy is 4 for 10 pinch hitting! #Duffman #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/FyhAvCa9R5
— AT&T Park Seagull (@ATTSeagull) September 17, 2014
pic.twitter.com/qqeL24OtA5I think Rany Jazayerli had a lot to do with popularizing this trend, but tons of people have picked it up and run with it. Both Matt and Danny are young and promising players, so baseball fans should be treated to dueling Duffmen for years to come.
— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) June 14, 2014
The Simpsons is full of great bit characters, and Duffman is up there on the list. His recent prominence in baseball conversations has only furthered his legend.
It's just unfortunate that Matt Groening had yet to invent Duffman by the turn of the twentieth century, when outfielder Hugh Duffy put together a Hall of Fame career. Duffy had a solid nickname, "Sir Hugh," but we've seen recently that nothing tops "Duffman."
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